Sunflowers and Bees

“Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” (Genesis 1:29)

A field of sunflowers or group is amazing to see. Every single flower is parallel to the others around it. Because of a central focus, sunflowers stay unified in purpose and position. The Bible says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1).

A single Sunflower from a group by my mailbox. I rush out each morning to see what Sunny Jazz and her bee friends have to share with me. Sunny Jazz is so tall I find myself on tiptoes trying to see her photo words. Bees are naturally attracted to Sunny Jazz and her sunflower family. Why you might ask? There is only one main reason why– sunflowers enable bees to produce honey.

Sunny Jazz invites you to peek in her sunny face and share your photo words.

7 thoughts on “Sunflowers and Bees

  1. What a beautiful photo and photo words you shared, Sara. “Sunny Jazz invites you to peek in her sunny face and share your photo words.”

    As I “peek” into her face, I see that she is a good team player in God’s creation and earth purposes. She sure does reflect this: “central focus, sunflowers stay unified in purpose and position.”

    The bright yellow petals she was engineered with act as a welcoming lighthouse for the bees, since insect specialists tell us that yellow attracts many insects. She holds her head towards the sun for maximum light and reflection. Once the bees easily find her, she provides plenty of room and accessible supplies for more than one bee to feed at the same time, promoting group participation. She even grows tall so that bees can gather up off the ground where harmful pesticides may have been applied for weeds or other insects.

    And her face’s usefulness and function do not stop there. As she grows older, birds and humans harvest her seeds for nourishment and to begin the grow cycle all over. Humans even make sunflower oil from her. She understands and contributes to environmental challenges, since she can act as a bioremediator and clean up contaminated soil. Plus, she is so giving that she will even allow floral enthusiasts to cut off her beautiful stems so they can bring her face inside to gaze upon and enjoy the beauty.

    These are a few things her face said to me.

    1. Lot of beauty in your sharing Debi. Looking into and upon faces sure can unlock grace upon grace.

      Vicki minister @Methodist Church Plymouth NC shared these words and I thought surely Vicki sees faces and grace and love forms upon her lips and delights those that see her heart and face.

      “It was hot today at lunchtime, sweltering, actually.

      But we chose to sit outside at the restaurant, chose to sit, one of us on each bench, in the shade of the large umbrella.

      We talked, laughed, waited for our food.

      And sipped our ice cold Pepsis.

      Through bendy straws.

      The straws made us smile.

      There is just no more fun way to sip an ice cold Pepsi on a hot day than through a bendy straw.

      Tami said, “It’s the little things in life that make me happy.”

      And I thought, you know, there’s a world of truth in her words.

      A sermon, really.

      Because when everything is said and done, it is the little things in life that make us happy.

      A bendy straw.

      Good conversation.

      Laughter.

      A happy dog to greet you at the door when you come home.

      A hammock.

      A sweet breeze that blows off a river.

      Homemade mac and cheese in the refrigerator for dinner, the kind that get better as it ages.

      A hug.

      Because, in truth, it’s the little things in life that make us happy.

      Kurt Vonnegut, the American writer, said once, “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

      My prayer for all of us this evening is that God give us grace enough to look around us and see the things in our lives that matter.

      All the things in life that matter.

      May God give us grace enough to look at our lives and see those things that are eternal.

      May we see the love.

      And may we cherish our delight—because truly, bendy straws are perfect for cold drinks on a sunny August afternoon.”

      Blessings,
      Vickie

  2. “Turn your eyes upon Jesus
    Look full in his wonderful face
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
    In the light of his glory and grace…”

    Think about the face and grace when you see Sunny Jazz serving her guest 🐝🐝🐝🐝

  3. What a beautiful photo above of the sunflower and bees. I had to go searching online about the health benefits of sunflower 🌻 seeds. I found this: “ Health Benefits

    Studies link the consumption of sunflower seeds to a number of health benefits, including lowering your risk of developing diseases like high blood pressure or heart disease. They also contain nutrients that can support your immune system and boost your energy levels. ” this brings me right back to the verse at the top: “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” (Genesis 1:29)

    1. Website I found the health benefits of sunflower seeds was webmd.com. If anyone would like to read more on this? 🌻 🥰 BTW…I love to eat sunflower seeds😋

      1. I just read from webmed 10 benefits of eating sunflower seeds.So tomorrow I shop for a huge amount. Thanks Tammy.

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