The thing about sunflowers is the beauty of the blossom does not last very long at all. They bloom and raise their big beautiful heads majestically to the sky and then in a few short days it is over.
Their heads drop and the petals droop like an old woman with saggy clothes. The sunflower just looks washed out and spent. I have a real temptation to cut them down when they have finished blooming.
The heavy seed head cannot hold itself upright because fruit is being produced. It takes weeks for the sunflower seeds to become mature and all the while the sunflower grows more and more unattractive. The leaves wilt and the head bends low as the seeds grow ripe and fat.
In my world I want to be like the beautiful and cheerful sunflower while it is in its full glory, but the sunflowers real purpose it to produce fruit and that is our real purpose as well. Life has the ability to press as though placed under a heavy load. Very few of us desire any kind of hardship especially if the hardship lasts a long time. Most of us are pretty uncomfortable with the idea of enduring in a lowly place. We don't want to be humbled like the sunflower with our heads bowed down. In this place there are very few accolades and no one finds us winsome or attractive.
Most of us will find ourselves smack dab in these special seasons of life where we do feel dull and drab, just out of sorts and overwhelmed. Maybe part of the reason is that we are carrying a load that one day will produce something worthwhile. All of the sunflowers energy goes toward making those little seeds. I think it is the same for us. All of our energy is going to produce a harvest as well. Hopefully it will be a harvest of righteousness where we produce fruit to sustain those around us. Often this is a place of confinement, drudgery and even pain where we actually become something of substance that we can share with the generations who are coming behind us. Don't give up my friends.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening--it's painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
By your endurance you will gain your lives.