This sunflower popped up in my mom and dad's yard the other day.
I thought it was fitting. My parents have had to let a lot of things go lately. They've had to let go of what they thought their future would look like...all their security, all their plans...and they've had to do it knowing how unfair it all was. They fought to keep what was theirs and in the end had to reach a place where they said enough is enough. They know God isn't in the business of making us all comfortable..that sometimes the most painful changes can bring about the most beautiful results. Sometimes having nothing of ourselves left to lay claim to, to rely on, is where God becomes the most evident. I think one day they will look back on their lives and it will be like looking out their window and seeing this flower. One day everything looked bare and empty and the next day something beautiful sprang from nothing.
I had to add this verse that Gail sent me: See how the flowers (sunflowers) of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—...." Matthew 6:28-30