The Lord created mysteries all around us that the scientific world tries to label and explain, but for all their insight and speculation there aren’t clear answers. One of these mysteries is the sun chasing sunflower. From a young age, these flowers face east and follow the sun across the sky to the west. Remarkably, every night they turn back to the east and reset themselves to do it all again the next day.
This movement pattern continues into their old age, when they finally settle in an eastern direction, basking in the morning light for the remainder of their lives. Scientists have discovered that they have a sort of internal clock that is structured on a 24 hour cycle. Scientists have attempted to alter their clock, but it only seems to confuse the plant. Sunflowers that are placed indoors continue to follow their east to west cycle for days, even after being removed from the natural sun cycle. They crave their natural design and environment in the light.
The Lord designed us to be much like this sun seeking scientific mystery. Our internal clock is designed to crave the light of the Lord. We are His children, given free will, but also designed to desire Him, to follow His light much like a sunflower. The world is full of distractions and weeds that tempt us to turn our gaze toward other things that seem momentarily desirable.
When we keep our eyes focused on the Lord and resist the urge to turn away we don’t care what we’re missing. We are living as the Lord designed, following Him and what He has for us. The Lord promises us good in life and this good is better than anything else the world has to offer. When we soak up His warmth we also feel His comfort, constant presence, and joy even when the world seems to be falling apart around us.
Each day as we drift to sleep we reset ourselves, much like a sunflower reseting itself to the east. We awake prepared to follow Him again, easier each day because it becomes our habit, or pattern, that we gladly accept and crave. It is within our design to follow the light, our Heavenly Father.
It is such a beautiful picture of submission and the Lord’s ultimate design.
“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.”
1 John 1:5
“The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?”