Monday, August 4, 2014

God's Parables

Every happening, great and small, 
is a parable whereby God speaks to us, 
and the art of life is to get the message.
 –Malcolm Muggeridge, journalist

There's nothing like a field of sunflowers to turn a gloomy day around.

I wasn't having the best of days. My mood matched my melancholy. I don't like to admit it, but it's true.

And then I saw them: The giant sunflowers along 4th Street Road just west of Hutchinson had bloomed in all their glory. The cloud-filled blue sky provided the perfect contrast to their cheery faces.

I turned down the dirt road and trekked out into the field, even though I had on going-to-town shoes instead of my dirty tennis shoes. I decided I'd beg forgiveness instead of ask permission if the farmer came along and wondered what I was doing.
I was just admiring the view. And I must say, the view lifted my spirits.

Not many farmers grow sunflowers around here. We don't. This summer, I've only seen this one field of sunflowers in the 35-mile trip to Hutchinson.
Sunflowers turn their "faces" to the sun. Since it was nearing evening, the sun wasn't in the right position to take photos of the whole field and get their beautiful "faces." But, on Friday, I had a dental appointment in Hutchinson and allowed a few extra minutes so that I could take photos from the east road. 
But even though I liked seeing all those petals turned my direction, I still kept my eye out for the rebel. I drove slowly down the dirt road, looking for a sunflower turned to the west instead of the east.

And I found it. I also have to admire the one that doesn't always go along with the crowd. 
Yes, God's parables can even be found in a sunflower field, I think.

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  1. Kim,
    I like your quotes today. I really like the thought behind the first quote.
    Sunflower fields are pretty. I haven't seen any big yellow heads around here yet.

    1. Thanks, Robyn. The first one was from an email devotional I get every day. I really liked it. I like sunflowers of any kind - whether they are growing along the ditch or a sunflower crop. We just don't have many people planting sunflowers in our area. It's probably because they are not as easy to market.

  2. Great pictures of my favorite flower! Can I put them on my Pinterest Sunflower board with attribution?

    1. You may, Marcia. (Sorry for the late response. I went to Wichita with Randy for a wheat meeting.)

  3. I love the sunflower photos and the Malcom Muggeridge quote. I hope to listen and understand . . . God is speaking.

  4. Me, too! It's something I need to work on every day.

  5. Fantastic pictures Kim, and the quotes to go with them are perfect. Lovely post.