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Sow and Reap: 3 Lessons We Learned from Our Sunflower

I share in this post 3 precious lessons we learned from planting sunflower seeds with our family. And we will never forget them. Meditate on this post, and comment below what else you can learn from this experience. Good reading!

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About 3 months ago, we decided to plant a packet of sunflower seeds in the garden in front of our apartment. We had never tried this before. But we believed it would be a good learning experience with our children, Michael (7) and Sara (6).

About 2 weeks, as promised, the sprout was already growing with its first leaves. It was a joy to find out that our sunflowers worked!

That week a team came to mow our lawn, and although the sunflower was on a patch of grassless land, the machine clipped all the sprouts. These are gone!

But a few days later we realized that some smaller, and somewhat late, sprouts were developing. These were responsible for the success of our work.

We then decided to identify the plantation with a sign so that everyone passing by could know about our sunflowers. The children even wrote “SUNFLOWER” on a sheet of paper that was covered with a plastic bag, and we fixed it with an iron bar next to the sprouts.

Since that day, sunflowers have grown fast. And this week, they started to blossom. The first flower came from the largest sunflower tree, huge, beautiful and, to our surprise, facing our window! Now our plan is to harvest and replant some of these seeds in a few days.

From this experience, I would like to share with you the three main lessons we learned from our sunflowers:

1. You reap from what you sow

This does not mean that you will reap everything you sow. Some sprouts usually get lost in the process. At the same time, a small portion of your sowing will be enough to produce much more than you sowed. Although it seems to take time, this is where your success will come from.

This also shows us the importance of seed DNA. Those who plant lemon will not pick orange from that tree. Similarly, if what you have been experiencing in your life has not pleased you, it is obvious that you need to exchange your seeds.

And don’t forget the multiplier power that a seed has within it. Good or bad, your sowing will result in practical consequences for your life and family. Never doubt the power of a simple seed.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap

Apostle Paul, letter to the Galatians 6:7

2. The mindset of understanding everything is carnal. The mindset of believing is spiritual.

The Bible instructs us to accept not understanding everything but believing everything. If you dispose your heart to serve in humility, you give up the control that is so harmful and heavy on your soul.

So you will find out how the spirit world is more real than the physical one. And the way you can relate well to your own spirituality is through faith. It manifests itself within you as an assertive impression, an image you perceive without any doubt. Not everything can be understood, explained or argued.

But you must value faith and the way the Holy Spirit communicates with you. He will give you all the wisdom you need. And you will successfully reap what you sow without fully understanding the whole process.

When Jesus was asked what work God desires, his answer was immediate. The Father calls us to believe in Jesus. This kind of faith is different from common belief by an attitude that moves us in the right direction in peace. Decide to believe in God even when you cannot understand or explain, and you will reap your best fruits soon and forever.

Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

Gospel of John 6:29

3. The fruit is a surprise to those who sight it, but a reward to those who sow it.

God did not create man to be a mere spectator of nature. He created us to represent him on earth and to pleasure him. This manifests itself in a life of intentionality.

When you start living from this perspective, your plans will come to fruition. And if you consider God’s Word in this process, He will surely bless everything you touch and every environment you come to. As you position yourself, everything around you will adjust to your good. And God will be glorified through your life.

For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.

Psalms 112:6


Planting and harvesting is a great way to learn about life. Even if you have no experience with planting, as is our case, this process is so simple that a child can develop it.

And from what you sow, you will surely reap. Even without understanding the whole process, but with the expectation of result, you will have the reward of reaping much more than you sowed. God will honor you with the best of earth and in eternity if you approach Him with a heart willing to hear and obey.

Prayer: God, thank you for your faithfulness and generosity! You are always good and do only what is good. Therefore, I choose to live by faith even when I do not fully understand. Please help me to live all your plans for my life and family in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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