Just then one of the Jewish religious teachers said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you no matter where you go!"
But Jesus said, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but I, the Messiah, have no home of my own - no place to lay my head."
Another of his disciples said, "Sir, when my father is dead, then I will follow you."
But Jesus told him, "Follow me now! Let those who are spiritually dead care for their own dead." Matthew 9: 19-22
Later, in one of his talks, Jesus said to the people, "I am the Light of the world. So if you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness, for living light will flood your path." John 8:12 (TLB)
Julie Sipe is from Pennsylvania. When she takes a morning run in the summer, she passes a field with row after row of sunflowers. It is a breathtaking sight. One overcast morning, she noticed that every sunflower was facing downward toward the ground. This led Julie to do some research, and she learned that sunflowers likely earned their name for two reasons. First, their physical appearance resembles the sun. And second, the faces of young sunflowers follow the sun as it moves throughout the day, something called heliotropism. The sun wasn't shining that day, so the sunflowers were not keeping their heads up.
How many times in our spiritual lives are we like the sunflowers? It is easy to look to God when we see God's wonders around us. But when life gets messy, it can be difficult to see God working. We may hang our heads and let our hearts turn away from God. Trusting in God and waiting patiently for God's answer can be the hardest things that we face on our spiritual journey. However, we can keep our eyes fixed on God and follow where God leads, even on cloudy days.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the light and guidance that you provide us. Help us to keep our eyes and hearts fixed on you, in Jesus' name, amen.