Valuable Lesson Found in the Sun


Ecclesiastes 3:1 “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: … 11 He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

Baby, it is hot outside!  Summer is a season that seems to bring the best out in people.  The warm sun on our face makes us feel rejuvenated from the cold of winter.  We feel better physically, are in a better mood and are on the go with family to and fro.  Spending time with family on vacation, at the lake, in the pool, at ballgames can only make one feel better about their lives and develop more meaningful relationships with each other.

While teaching school I have learned a few facts about the sun.  I’m just going to mention a few today.     The sun heats our planet and gives us light.  Without the sun, life could not exist.  Every planet in the solar system rotates around the sun.  Things seek the light from the sun to sustain life.

I have a flower garden which is graced with sunflowers.  I have a few, some are very large and some are small.  There seems to be all sizes of sunflowers.  I have watched the sunflowers as they have sprouted and grown to various sizes. Over time I noticed when they were young they all seemed to follow the sun.  As they grew and matured in size and strength they did not turn to the sun as much.  It seems as though they were stuck in a bowing position.

As I have stated in my previous devotions, I try to find life applications in everything around me.  If you really look at a mature sunflower it looks like the sun so I naturally compared the sunflower to our sun.

We are all different in height, weight, and physical appearance such as hair color, eyes, size of nose, ears, and many other features.  But just as a sunflower is a sunflower, we are all human beings who God sent his Son (Jesus Christ) to die on the cross so that we may have eternal life in heaven.  We must accept Jesus into our heart and believe He is the Messiah, the Savior of the world.   Jesus died for all humanity no matter what sins we have committed.  The only sin He cannot forgive is rejecting Him as Savior and Lord of our lives.

I have learned that sometimes our growth as a Christian is stunted for whatever reason.  We do not mature at the same rate; some of us do not mature at all.  Just as all sunflowers do not mature at the same rate, some do not mature at all, they may wither and die.

As the sunflower grows strong and becomes self-sufficient, it does not turn to the sun as much as it did when it was growing and maturing.  As Christians if we get to self-sufficient we do not look toward The Son as we did when we were growing and maturing in our faith.  We take our eyes off the Lord and try to pave our own way.  When this happens in our life, we need to bow our heads and pray to God through the blood of Jesus that He forgives us and turn our eyes back to God.

My prayer for us dear friends is that we look to the light, Jesus, for his life sustaining power for without Him nothing exists.   We must have everything in our lives revolve around The Son (Jesus) who is the sustainer of Life.  We must bow our heads and hearts to the one who can open our eyes, who can convict our hearts, and who can save our souls.   He is the Son of God, Jesus Christ, savior of the world!

John 1:3 “Everything came into existence through Him. Not one thing that exists was made without Him.”


Helen Cook