Be a Son Follower

The name sunflower comes from the Greek words helios "sun" and anthos "flower." Sunflower got its name because the flowers turn toward the sun. How are sunflowers able to track the sun?

There is a collection of specialized cells at the base of the flower bud called a pulvinus that carry the "motor" cells that enable the flower to track the sun. These cells enlarge or shrink according the pressure from the water inside them. In response to blue wavelength light, potassium ion concentration increases in the "motor" cells on the shadow side of the pulvinus. With the increase of potassium ions the osmotic potential in the cells becomes more negative and the cells absorb more water and elongate, turning the face of the flower to the sun. (From

That is pretty amazing, isn't it?! I learned something new today. I'm certain this was a great scientific discovery at some point but God created this marvelous plant to behave this way intentionally. He knew what He was doing way before we figured out the science behind it.

The sunflower is a great example of the Christian life. Believers in Christ are known as disciples, or followers. We too are to follow the Son. Wherever He is at work or directing us to go we ought to turn our heads in that direction and follow His lead.

Another lesson from the sunflower is that a single head can produce up to 1,000 seeds. We are instructed to scatter seeds of truth wherever we are planted, so that many others will be rooted in Christ and grow up to follow the Son as well.

So, observe the SunFlower and be a SonFollower!


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