As I posted yesterday, my writing journey has been amazing thus far. Once I realized I wasn’t too shy to share many of my personal blessings in the book I just finished, 101 BLESSINGS, my world is opening up more each day. I know I want to do what my title says. I would like my words to be memorable and lasting in the minds of my Readers. This Blog Challenge #2, that I am rewriting, is from an earlier post but it is one that I never get tired of sharing. It was a special experience that I like to keep talking or writing about whenever I get the opportunity. It really made me think about what my path is. I hope to hear your comments about this post.
It was a beautiful Sunday morning and I was driving through Nebraska. As far as my eyes could see, fields of blooming sunflowers were standing in unity. I felt I was entering a sanctuary of worshippers. On both sides of the road, sunflowers continued until they met the skyline. I slowed right down, the highway was deserted and with a closer look, I noticed some stalks with their faces bowed. Others were nearly hidden by taller ones. I questioned myself. “Which face would be mine? The tall, strong one facing it’s source, the sun? How obvious is the joy of my own salvation? Am I foolish enough to think that if I lower my face I can blend into the crowd and be out of the Lord’s watchful eye?”
King David knew he couldn’t hide from God, when he asked the question: ‘Where can I go from Thy presence? If I ascend to Heaven or make my bed in Sheol, Thou art there. Even the darkness is not dark to Thee’. Psalm 139.
As I drove, I personalized faces. Family, friends, brothers and sisters in the Lord who had gotten lost in the crowd, including myself at times. Hurts, loss, disappointments, grief, are circumstances that can cause us to turn our face away from our source when it should be the opposite. It’s during these times we need Him the most. God’s word tells us to ‘stand in the light of His love. He will cause His light to shine upon us and bring us peace’. What wonderful words of hope.
Since that morning, I find myself searching faces whenever I am in a crowd at a mall, the beach, anywhere. Try it. Which face in the crowd do you think would resemble yours. Do our own expressions reflect the Light of God’s love? Is our head held high? I would like to think mine is, but I’m sure there are times when I don’t put my best ‘face’ forward.
Last summer I planted my own crowd of sunflowers along the fence. Joy filled me as I watched them grow and bloom. Some of them weren’t as strong and tall as the rest, but I supported them so they would survive. I loved the way the Lord used them as an example that I, a writer and an artist, could easily relate to. Imagine, just as He knows every hair on our heads, He also knows every seed in each sunflower plant. He knows where every face is…In the light…In the dark…In any crowd, anywhere.
I hope this comparison will come to mind and make you smile the next time you pass by a field of sunflowers.