One of the many features that I love about Kansas is its population; it’s small in number compared to many states. I also have a fond affection for the diverse landscapes of the Flint Hills and the bumper crops of sunflowers that adorn the roadsides that lace their way through the Kansas prairies.
If you’re one of the less than 3 million people who call Kansas home, you may know the sunflower was designated as the official state flower in 1903. This long-stemmed flower with petals of golden yellow is classified as a turnsole plant, a word of French origin and one that means to “turn towards the sun.”
The sunflower, like all plants, is not self-sufficient—it depends upon the sun for essential nourishment.
Health-conscious individuals are learning what botanists have known for many years: In proper amounts, there are some benefits associated with exposure to the sun. There’s ample research that’s easily available, and it indicates the sun’s rays are beneficial to your health.
While the sun is important to you physically and mentally, it pales in comparison to the Son, who is vital to your spiritual well-being: “The one who believes in the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath remains on him (John 3:36).”
I encourage you to cultivate the habit of rising in the morning, facing the Son, and following Him throughout the day. When you practice this routine you will develop a God-focused regimen of strength that recognizes that it’s, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord (Zechariah 4:6).”
When you arise in the morning, why not give the Son a chance to shine on you?