I have loved sunflowers for a LONG time. My room in high school was decorated with the cheery flowers. And I had the cutest skirt that was denim at the top with sunflower-patterned ruffles. I miss that skirt. Anyway, when deciding what to plant in our garden this summer, sunflowers were a must. We planted two different kinds because my mom had sent a packet and I had purchased one, too. I had no idea sunflowers could grow and have about ten to fifteen different blooms on one plant, but this giant does/did. It was gorgeous as it started blooming out all over.
Then, that verse in Matthew came to life before me. You know the verse we all quote to ourselves when we're fretting?
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ (Matt 6:26-31 ESV)
Well, the birds got ahold of my sunflowers. I've never seen the likes of this before. Have you?
Yes, they are literally tearing the sunflower heads apart to get the seeds out. It's a huge mess, and we didn't get to enjoy the pretty flowers for long. I had told my daughter we would save the seeds to feed the birds this winter, but the creatures had their own idea.
But isn't it an interesting reminder. The Bible tells us we don't have to take care of the birds. God does that. Here's proof. The birds definitely know how to fend for themselves. If God can equip them to be able to tear up a hard sunflower head and finagle the seeds out, how dare I not trust Him to take care of me just as well if not better.
What about you? Do you get little reminders like this sometimes? Do you trust God to feed the birds with your flowers? This is definitely a reminder I needed. How about you?
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