Sunflowers and Sonflowers. Botanical plants and Biblical people. Plants that require light from the scientific sun of the solar system. People who seek the spiritual light from the Son of God. Sun and Son.
We will begin from the botanical perspective. If we want to think about sunflowers, we start by considering the sun. The sun is the star at the center of our solar system. It is a hot ball of glowing gases. It radiates energy as well as visible light and infrared radiation. It is the most important source of energy for life on earth. It is the source of life for sunflowers.
From the spiritual perspective of Sonflowers, we start by seeking the Son. We remember that Jesus is the Son of God. In John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” He is our spiritual Son – Son of God and Son of man. John 1:3-5 states, “Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
The horticultural sunflower looks like a blossom with yellow petals surrounding a fuzzy brown center. Scientifically, there are many species of plants in the sunflower family. Some sunflowers are a composite of two unique flower types. Ray flowers and disk flowers. The ray flowers look like petals but each is actually an individual flower. The disc flowers are in the center of the head inside the ring of ray flowers. The disc flowers are usually extremely tiny.
From my perspective, the sunflower’s yellow petals look like rays of sunshine bursting forth from the round center that depicts the sun’s circular shape.
Jesus tells us how to be spiritual Sonflowers in Matthew 5:14&16. “You are the light of the world…. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” We are symbolic of the yellow petals. Romans 12:5 NASB says, “so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Here we represent the multitude of flowers within the sunflower. As believers, we exemplify both the ray and disk flowers. Galatians 3:26 stresses, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.”
Blossoming sunflowers bend their heads toward the sun. They follow the light of the sun. In Streams of the Desert, William C. Garnett describes individuals enduring hard times as human sunflowers, seeking and seeing the Light in a world of darkness.
When floral sunflowers become heavy with seeds, they appear to bow their heads in humility. Their seeds drop upon the ground having the potential of producing new plants. As human Sonflowers, we have the privilege of humbly bowing our heads in prayer when we experience the world’s heaviness. Our prayers ascend to heaven planting spiritual seeds.
One little seed has powerful potential botanically and spiritually. It may be small, but under the right conditions, one sunflower seed can grow into a plant that will yield a great harvest. Spiritual multiplication is the same. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. “
I have heard that a bouquet of sunflowers should be picked in the morning. If gathered in the afternoon, the sunflowers may wilt quickly. This is a good reminder for us as Sonflowers. Psalm 63:3 NJKV says, “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.” Jesus says in Matthew 6:33 NKJV, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
A sunflower plant reflects the beauty of the solar system’s sun. As spiritual Sonflowers, we reflect the beauty of the Son of God. Psalm 34:5 NLT says “Those who look to Him (the Lord) for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.” Philippians 2:15 NLT exhorts us, “Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”