|Photo courtesy of Clara Hayes, wife of Dewey Hayes, Jr. Attorney in my hometown of Douglas GA.|
TODAY THE WORDS are SUNFLOWER LOVE. How many of us have not experienced a little sunflower love? A good friend of mine, Dewey Hayes’ wife Clara snapped this picture while visiting a friend. When I looked at the photo, I felt an instant warmth and thought it would be a nice homage to reflect on the magnificent sunflower which somehow radiates the sun itself. We feel a glow like no other flower can project. Many of us have indulged in the healthy seeds for a snack but can we feel love from the flower itself? Let’s look at an excerpt from an article.
“Sunflowers originated in the Americas in 1000B.C., where for centuries they were cultivated as a valuable food source. The use of sunflower images as religious symbols has also been documented in some native societies. With the European exploration of the New World, the sunflower was brought to new areas, and the flower’s popularity eventually spread as the rest of the world began to appreciate its beauty and sustenance. Artists throughout history have appreciated the sunflower’s unique splendor, and those of the Impressionist era were especially fixated on the flower. Today, sunflowers continue to provide a resource for commonly used seeds and oil, but they have also become recognized as a floral symbol of great significance.” *source: Proflowers, wikimedia.com August 24, 2012 (full article can be linked by clicking on flower which is underlined.)
I think I have felt some sunflower love in my lifetime. There is something wonderful from the large bloom with its radiant yellow, a color we relate to the sun and the darkness of the eye or center of the bloom with a tint of mystery. Love in itself is relative to this combination; love can be so bright it can be blinding to our hearts; love can be mysterious and we don’t understand exactly what causes us to feel so much emotion and attraction to a certain person, faith, interests, and habits. Love is mysterious as how it can endure all of the changes we face in life. It would be easy to love when youth’s beauty is present but even more incredible when two people have lived together for over 50, 60, or even 70 years and seem even more in love than when they first met. A sunflower can lose its petals and still furnish nourishment to its benefactor as true love offers. As we age, we may not be able to maintain the same vigor and stamina we had when all of our petals were still intact, but we offer genuine character, loyalty, friendship, and hopefully wisdom. Yes, sunflower love is to be desired and if we are blessed to have it bestowed on us; shine like we have never shone before; give like we have never given before; and nourish like we have never nourished before. Sunshine; sunflowers and sunflower love; aren’t you feeling the warmth of God’s love He sends through the Sunflower and so many beautiful reminders?
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Genesis 1:29 ESV
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food