Have you ever had those times in your life when you had a plan or goal, but then the journey was definitely not what you pictured? Yeah, that’s what happened to me yesterday.

Okay, you know it’s sunflower season when you start seeing your Instagram newsfeed with them. #FOMO (fear of missing out). Let’s be real now… Anyways, I decided to get a group of us to go yesterday. On the way there, I remember seeing a bunch of cars parked on the main road. My gut told me to park there, but I didn’t. So, we got there around 7 pm, but the sunflowers were small and miniature. We wanted the mammoth ones, so we decided to go on their website and look at the map (Pictured below - the arrow is where we were). 

 
 

As you can see, the map didn’t say where they were. At the same time, I was contemplating to go back to the car and park where my gut told me to. But we decided to keep on walking to another field because almost half of us were trying to get their daily goal of 10,000 steps. We asked a couple people if they knew where they were, but they said it was also small and miniature. I happened to take the lead. So based on the map, I decided to go on the (long) path where it will eventually lead me to the sunflowers that are on the top right. Should not have made that choice, but I did. We walked through corn fields, muddy trails, cut thorns.. all in the heat, with bugs flying.. It was just horrible! Throughout the journey, I didn’t get a bad attitude or got discouraged because I focused on getting to the mammoth sunflowers. Haha. We eventually got to the field where they were and took pictures all sweaty and what not. It was not the original plan we had in mind. We missed golden hour, but we still made use of it.

This story just reminds me so much of our spiritual walk. On this journey called life, we all strive to be the man or woman of God He has called us to be. But through that journey, there are many challenges and obstacles that we go through. This is because we choose to do this or say that when the Holy Spirit is telling us, “No, focus on Jesus". In this story, Jesus is the mammoth sunflowers. Romans 8:28 says, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Yeah, we fall short, but he uses our pain and joy to shape and mold us to become who we are created to be. Focus on Jesus, and in the end, it will be all worth it.