By bridcf, May 31 2020 11:35AM
We have been fascinated recently by the sunflower seeds that our boys planted and which were left on the study windowsill to germinate. Youngest son looked at them every day to see if anything was happening and after four days there was still no sign of growth. But when we got up on the morning of the fifth day five shoots had poked through the soil. Even more fascinating was the fact that another shoot could be seen just about to break the surface of the soil and had pushed right through by evening. The boys are now in competition to see whose seeds can produce the tallest sunflower!
As fascinating as this is and as bright and beautiful the sunflowers will be when they are fully grown, they will not last. The prophet Isaiah tells us this: The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever. (Isaiah 40:8)
For us as God’s people it is a call for us to look to what lasts. There can be many things in life that are like sunflowers. They grow big, tall and beautiful very quickly and can dominate our lives as they put everything else in their shade, but they will not last. On the other hand, Isaiah 40 is about the lasting comfort and strength that God’s people have. This comes from God’s message of salvation in the Bible that is fulfilled through Jesus and which we can know if we put our trust in Him. 1 Peter 1:23 puts it like this: For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
We can enjoy the beauty of sunflowers for a short time but we must make sure that our lasting focus is fixed on Jesus.