SUMMER CONNECTIONS: Lesson from a Sunflower

2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

I John 3:2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.


Several weeks ago I watched a BBC documentary on the famous sunflower paintings of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).  I learned a lot.  The sunflower painting we most often associate with van Gogh is actually the 8th painting in a series of 11.  I’m sure you already have a picture in your mind of those vibrant flowers, 15 in all, sitting in a two toned vase upon a plain wooden table.  In Holland the sunflower was a well recognized symbol of one’s soul turning to the Lord.  This Dutch master would have been well aware of this symbolic use, being the son of a pastor and working for a time as a cleric himself.  It makes you wonder if that wasn’t part of his fascination with this flower.


Quite a number of years ago, on a family camping vacation to Manitoba, we found ourselves driving between two fields of sunflowers:  one facing us and the other with their backs to us.  This time, we were the ones fascinated and stopped the car in order to capture this amazing sight on film.  The sunflower is said to be oriented to the one who gives it light.  It always keeps its face turned to the sun.  That was exactly what those fields of sunflowers were doing–-following the sun.  Isn’t that a great picture for us as believers?  We need to keep our adoring faces turned toward the One who is our Light.  Nancy Leigh DeMoss even adds that  “As we look upon Him, we are changed into His image.”


This summer as you spend your days outdoors remember the lesson of the sunflower.  Keep your face turned toward the Son.  Come to Him.  Find rest in Him.  Meditate on His magnificence and follow in His footsteps.  He will then bring about the transformation in you that you desire.  I know that that is my desire:  to know Jesus better and to become more like Him. 


Consider reading Anne Graham Lotz’ book–Just Give Me Jesus

Contributed by Carol Cheesman