Urban Garden Denver Blog

Lean toward the light

Have you noticed how plants and flowers naturally turn toward the light?

The daffodils in my garden are all facing south, where they find more sunlight. I was in a mountain lodge for a few days earlier this week and I noticed that the large geranium plants in the main hall were all leaning toward the light. (I was going to help them out by rotating the plants but I thought that might mess up any system they had for such movement.) And if you drive through Kansas in the summer, the sunflowers are facing toward the sun — truly a spectacular sight.

As people, we live in a world with a mixture of light and darkness. But the posture of leaning toward the light is a hopeful, positive stance that is healthy for our being. When you are leaning toward the light, you also are more open to seeing and noticing the light.

What does it mean for you as a person to lean toward the light? Perhaps it is choosing to see the good, even while acknowledging there is darkness present. You can also lean into positive relationships which build you up rather than tearing you down.  The ultimate way to lean toward light is to draw closer to God.

With spring in full bloom around us, take time to notice the light and the glorious flowers that result from the warmth of the sun. Right now I have pansies, daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, basket of gold, sand cherry and a peach tree all blooming. There are even more flowers budded up ready to start. All celebrating the light of spring.

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  1. * Melissa says:

    Beautiful. I’ll remember this post whenever I see flowers tracking the sun. Thank you for sharing such a lovely picture of leaning towards the light.

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 10 months ago
  2. * Mari Mayborn says:

    Carla, I’m loving this beautiful, sunny Spring as much as the flowers. Our winter was a long, cloudy one. Doesn’t it seem like the light that follows the darkest times wakens our hearts like nothing else! Makes me think of Easter–from the cross to the resurrection.

    [And, yes, I love to see acres and acres of sunflowers all facing the sun, too. Makes me happy!]

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 10 months ago

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