Weekend Inspiration


A short story from our very dear friend of the ministry Werner {among his wonderful talents Werner is volunteering as a court chaplain}, and this story is from the book “About a Gardener” available as an e-book from Amazon.

Sunny Disposition

It was not planted by my hand. One day it broke through the soil, announcing its arrival. The garden bed at the back of the house was just perfect for this plant, and that is where it grew to maturity. During the coming weeks it reached 7 feet, and it was a sheer delight to watch the rapid development.

“Just have a look at this giant sunflower,” a visitor remarked.

The large flower head developed and the sunflower loved the northern aspect at the back of the cottage where it received maximum sunlight. The yellow flower petals radiated like a painted sun and that’s when I noticed it. During the morning, the flower was facing the sun, which had commenced its daily journey in the eastern sky. Sure enough, during the late afternoon the large flower had followed the sun, and was now looking west, bidding the day “good night”.

It’s not difficult to understand the lesson the sunflower teaches us, but to live the role model life it displays is a formidable human challenge. To wake up every morning and hand over our daily life to God, to follow Jesus, this is a formidable, personal challenge. Throughout the day, whether at home or in the office, whether in the company of family or friends, neighbours or strangers, Jesus would like to be there with us.

The sunflower carries its reproductive seeds in its very center. It’s in our inner garden where the message of Jesus and his love and grace seeks to grow, so others may also come to know our illuminating source of life.

“Follow me, I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (Matthew 4:19 & John 14:6)

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Here is the second short-story from the book “About a Gardener” available as an e-book from Amazon.

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