The world tells us to claim what is ours, but God asks us to surrender to His work of transformation.
The Bible tells us that we have a choice. We can be conformed to this world, or we can be transformed by God. He demonstrates this transformation in a simple seed.
When the seed sprouts into life, it does two things.
- a root begins to forge deep into the soil seeking moisture
- a stem breaks through the surface seeking the sun
Deep roots are important for many reasons:
- allows for strong stems that will bend without breaking
- produces leaves that won’t wither in the heat of the sun
- yields big beautiful blooms
The bloom of a sunflower is fully open toward the sun, and it follows the sun as it makes its way across the sky. If you watch closely, you can observe the miracle of transformation at the heart of that sunflower as it produces seeds for the next generation.
Like the sunflower, when you surrender, God will transform you.You will sprout from death into life, just like that seed. You will grow roots that anchor deeply into the soil of this life. Roots that allow you to thrive during the storms of life. Roots that allow you to find the goodness of the rain in the midst of every storm.
Like the sunflower, you can follow closely after God. You can choose to be “face-to-face” in a relationship with God, because you belong to Him. He created you, He loves you, and He desires to transform you from the inside out.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
Thought to ponder:
The sunflower reveals the miracle of transformation that you can observe with your own eyes. If God can do this for an insignificant sunflower seed, what might He do for you?