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I'm attempting to grow some sunflowers in my garden this summer because I love them so much. It's to the point that, each summer no matter what part of the US i find myself, I scout out where I can find a field of them. I love the way they look, the way they smell but, most of all I Iove the way they innately act. Day after day they track the sun East to West as it crosses the sky. This automatic movement is called “heliotropism”. It so amazes me! And more amazing is the fact that, at night when the sun is not seen, sunflowers STILL continue to move towards the east in anticipation for the next morning‘s sunrise!

As I read verse 10-31 in the 31st chapter of Proverbs, I can’t but think that the virtuous woman described there surely

seems to have the heliotropism gene in her DNA. It seems like she’s got this “keeping her eyes on the Son” down pat. Her life is full of one good decisions after another but, I can’t be fooled to think that it didn’t come without consistent promptings from the Son. Oh, how I wish this automatic God-given activity existed in my DNA. The lack of It actually gets me in trouble way too often. Some days, I go about making decisions or managing frustrating situations without even considering where the Son is. And often, it’s not until I’ve made consecutive poor choices or not acted in a 1 Corinthians 13 kind of way, like the Proverbs 31 lady, that it hits me that I haven’t even glanced at Him.

Doesn’t it seem to you that our sinful nature does a excellent job at trying to stop us from following the Son and possibly attaining Proverbs 31 status? It’s like it knows right were to get us, tempt us and distract us every time. But, the unfathomable thing is that, our God’s presence always patiently waits for us to turn to Him. He is always there! His Word is always ready to direct us which way to turn. He is always faithful! His Spirit is always ready to whisper multiple timely truths to us. He’s always trustworthy! He gives us all we need to live our days well and helps us stay on track to live out a successful new day just like our Proverbs 31 sister.

As each new day dawns, may He find us looking toward Him anticipating and ready to receive His direction for our day.

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You might want to physically stop for a moment, actually face the sun and consider where you are spiritually. If it’s sunny outside, soak in the rays and thank Him for His presence and guidance. If it’s cloudy look up, know and acknowledge verbally that He’s there even if there is no clarity. If it’s the dead of night, go outside in your PJs and turn to the east in anticipation of his spiritual illumination for the hardest situation you find yourself in or just for the guidance needed for the new day that is about to dawn.

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