Sunday, May 4, 2008

Obedience and Humility:
a path to peace

This is one of my favorite prints.
It is an engraving/aquatint that
I did in 1994
drawn from a Photograph that
I shot in my sister's backyard
several years before that.

I have a copy of it in my family
room right nearmy usual "spot"
so that I can look to it regularly.
I love that Sunflowers are symbols
of Obedience and Humility.

I like to meditate upon this sunflower.
It was a MAMMOTH Sunflower.
They are truly the largest flowers
that I have ever grown, and yet
they bow their heads.
Their foliage is large and shady and if planted
in rows, can actually form a sort of fort, that little ones can play in.
Their shafts are strong, but ultimately,
the beautiful brown and golden head carries too much weight
and they face downwards.
They also turn their heads to follow the sun.
Shouldn't we all have this attitude when contemplating
the blessings that we have been given?
Bowing our heads before God and turning our faces to the Son.
Can we be all that we are called to be without the support of our creator?
I was thinking about these mammoth sunflowers today, and remembering
those that the girls and I planted when they were very small.
They were fascinated watching them grow,
especially when the flowers towered over them.
Then they were a little afraid to go near them
because of the ever present honey bees.
We let the flowers stay in the garden long after they looked scraggly and old.
It occurred to me that this was when they were the most useful.
The seeds had dried naturally and were ready for the birds to harvest daily.

I may not be my most beautiful right now.
My day doesn't always admit a shower, let alone make-up.
I am not the thinnest I have ever been.
But maybe- just maybe- I am at my most USEFUL:
to my Husband, my Children, my Family, my Friends and my Lord.
I am at Peace.


  1. Lovely post.

    As a child, I lived briefly in Africa and the sunflowers were enormous!

  2. Beautiful post! This is a beautiful drawing - you are very talented!

    Thanks for coming by today, Elizabeth - so nice to see you. Hope to see you again soon - Kellan

  3. Absolutely gorgeous. I love that.

  4. PSST,
    JCK, thanks again for blog-rolling me.
    Kellen and Rachel,
    Thanks for coming by and commenting...I DO love those comments. Pass on my address if you think you know anyone who would like it!
    Blessings, Elizabeth

  5. Beautiful. I love all the symbolism. I relate well with a visual.


  6. I really love your last paragraph. It made me feel better about my day. Its been another long day with my husband away and sometimes I feel like I'm at my worst in appearence and my worries show through on my face but I know with out a doubt that right now is the time in my life when I am needed by my husband, my boys and my close friends more than ever. So it it shows that I working hard in life then that is okay with me.

  7. Amazing drawing!


  8. You did that drawing?!!! You're more than just useful, hon! You're incredible!

  9. This post is a beautiful tribute to your faith and to yourself. Thank you for coming over to my blog so I would have the chance to come over to yours!

    I am impressed with your artistry, btw. What a gorgeous print!

  10. You are an amazing artist. My soul needed this post, THANK YOU.

  11. This is so beautiful. I have been struggling with obedience myself...and trying to teach it to my children. I would love to share this on my blog. You just let me know.

    It wouldn't be until July. I have a theme going on right now until June 12th.

    Your artwork is as beautiful as you!

  12. That print is beautiful. You must be a very talented artist. What a wonderful post! I will never look at sunflowers the same again.


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