While out for my morning walk, I came across the sunflowers in the picture above.They are located in a cornfield.
As a young person growing up on a farm in Iowa, before bean buggies and weed resistant beans, my friends and I would spend the summers walking beans to earn extra money. This involved removing by pulling or hoeing, the unwanted corn, thistles, cockleburs, button weeds and sunflowers growing in the field. We viewed them as a nuisance that would compete for the plant nutrients needed for the beans to grow. They also were carriers of disease that might damage the crop. They were out-of-place, harmful, and unwanted.
While on our vacation to northern Minnesota this past week, we drove past fields of sunflowers, intentionally planted. They have a purpose and are controlled and nurtured by knowledgeable farmers with the intent of producing something good. Sunflower seeds… who doesn’t love them whether human or bird? Sunflower oil has become increasingly popular also as a useful cooking oil. And just the sheer beauty of the happy and colorful sunflower has made them desirable for cut flowers and fall arrangements.
So you see it depends on who has control of this plant. Very much like our lives. When left to our own devices, without God our lives are destructive and harmful. A nuisance to ourselves and those around us. Yet with the Master Gardeners touch we can be come beautiful, useful, and productive. There is a purpose and a plan, when God is in control!
“But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of God living in them do not belong to Him al all.) Romans 8:9 NLT