Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ukraine's National Flower...

I've been seeing sunflowers everywhere I go! In our first flat, we had a sunflower bedspread. Sunflowers are frequently found in their folk art. This year, before I traveled to the Ukraine, I started having a special attraction to sunflowers. It may sound funny to you... but they INSPIRE ME! Why? Well... every morning the sunflower is looking to the east, waiting for the sun to rise. It follows the sun across the sky all day long. It makes me think of the scripture in Hebrews 12 that reads..."fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." So in a very real way... I too want to be the Lord's SONflower, riveting my attention on HIM. (Of course I need lots of reminders to get my focus back on the Lord, so these constant "sunflower sightings" have been helpful!) When I found out that "sunflowers" were this nation's national flower I was thrilled!