Sunny Love

31 Aug

I was in a sunflower field over the weekend. The plants were tall and bold and brightly colored, sturdy and almost friendly. Each one looked like the other, but in many ways, each was its own beautiful bloom. I gathered several to bring home with me and they are beautifully displayed in a vase in my kitchen.

Do you know fun facts about the sunflower?

The genus name is Helianthus Annuus–in the Greek language those two words mean sun and flower.

They are heliotropic, meaning as the sun moves during the day the plant will actually turn and bend to face the light. At night they return to their original posture. This activity is mostly in the early growth phase.

Their maturation time is 80-90 days.

Some cultures believe the sunflower that grows so straight and tall is a symbol of courage.

Kansas claims the sunflower as their state flower.

Ukraine claims the sunflower as a national flower. In Ukraine it is a vital crop for its rich oil and the snack-worthy seeds. Moreover, there are many Ukrainian legends that speak the flower as a symbol of peace–a concern in today’s times!

I planted sunflowers many summers ago. Some of the seeds were sown and then dug up and eaten the next day by birds. I saw them pecking the soil and stealing my seeds!

Then as some of the tender plants actually began to rise out of the ground, deer came along and feasted. However, there must have been two elusive and brave seeds that survived the attacks and grew to be summer’s finest at nearly 6 feet tall.

All this to say, what a magnificent symbol of God’s love is the sunflower! Bright, bold, tall and brave in a world that often looks past God’s love and ignores every gesture God sends to remind us of his constant presence, guidance, affection and grace.

“We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

We are worthy of such a love! Believe it!

2 Responses to “Sunny Love”

  1. Sueb August 31, 2022 at 4:41 pm #

    We feed the birds sunflower seeds. Near by, Jerry has 5 large pots of tomatoes. Squirrels or chipmunks buried some of the bird seed in the pots and we now have lovely sunflowers growing with our tomatoes. What a beautiful sight to have red tomatoes and sunflowers growing together.

    • dar1124 August 31, 2022 at 7:01 pm #

      How cool!! Thanks for sharing, Sue!

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