freerange friday: Consider the Sunflower

by Lilly Lewin

by Lilly Lewin

Sunflowers are my favorite flowers! I love tulips too, but there is something about the yellow brightness of a sunflower that always makes me smile. I lived in Northern California for four years, and there the freshness of the sunflowers amazed me. They were freshly cut at the farmer’s market and so unlike the kind I’d experienced in Ohio where they’d been picked, packed, and trucked cross country. This week, I need the newness of a farmer’s market, northern California sunflower. The abuse of children and families on our southern border and the rhetoric and lack of compassion from our government is hard to handle. I need to be reminded that God is in control and Jesus invites me daily to trust that His love can heal and conquer the hatred and division around us. I want to be like the Sunflower and face Jesus and reflect his light! I don’t want to live in fear, or despair or bitterness because I cannot fix things.
This reminded me of a prayer station I created a few years ago inspired by m friend Martha Vetter. God spoke to her through the many sunflowers, both living and dried up, that she saw along the Way as she walked on pilgrimage on the Camino di Santiago.

Maybe you need to be a renewed by the Sunflower and the Son today. Find a sunflower, some sunflower oil, or use some olive oil and allow Jesus to anoint you with His LOVE!

Consider the Sunflower
Anoint yourself with Oil
God is choosing you!
Consider the Sunflower
REMEMBER: God, through Samuel, anointed David when he was only a shepherd boy. David had not even been invited to the gathering, he was out taking care of the sheep.
Yet God knew David, and God had already called David for God’s own. God had big plans for David and God has big plans for YOU!
“God spoke to me using the image of sunflowers. He told me “Stand tall like the sunflower. Be beautiful, bold and bright like the sunflower. Remember that the face of the sunflower always looks towards the sun. The oil from the seeds of the sunflower is a symbol to you of my anointing. And even when the seeds begin to die, remember that the birds of the air are nourished by these seeds.
It is THEN, during the dying process, that the seeds are able to provide life, not death.”
Martha Vetter while on on pilgrimage Cammino di Santiago di Compostela

Anoint yourself with sunflower oil
Picture Jesus touching you with his great love.
Allow God to hold you.
Allow God to heal the broken places of the week, and the last year.
Picture God anointing you for ministry & God’s service.
Allow God to call you again! Allow God anoint you for new things, new ministry, new places, new people, this year.
Consider the Sunflower!

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