Speak to the Earth and It Will Teach You


By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

At first, you might not notice much difference between these two unretouched photographs other than one has no direct sunlight and one does.

I took these two images about an hour apart – before sunrise and after. No filters. No corrections. Just raw pictures I captured with my cell phone’s camera.

Most people know that sunflowers follow the sun, turning with it as it arcs across the sky, earning their obvious name. But the morning I captured these photos I noticed the posture of the plant.

I thought the first photo was lovely enough, capturing the growth of this giant sunflower I planted from a seed. But when I saw it after sunrise, I noticed the way it seemed to reach toward the sun, almost yearning for it. As if it sensed its life came from the golden light.

Look at the leaves, a subtle difference between the photographs. In the image on the right, they’ve lifted. As if they are stretching to their limit.

Scripture tells us that creation reflects the Creator, and that through it, we can see the nature of God’s invisible qualities – His power and goodness and life-giving strength (Romans 1:20).

A wise man named Job discussed this concept with his friends and told them, “Speak to the earth and it will teach you” (Job 12:8 NIV).

Yes, the story of the sunflower is an over-worked illustration, but it feels fresh every morning I walk outside and see all the “faces” turned toward the light. Are they trying to teach me something?

I must ask myself, what messages am I listening to? Am I straining toward the Son as this flower does the sun?

What would happen if we turned off our phones, computers, radios, and televisions for a while and just listened?

What would we hear?


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Etta marveled at the turn of color, how the countryside grew increasingly green. Thunderstorms rolled off the mountains each evening and lighting lashed the sky, loosing sudden torrents that, when spent, subsided as quickly as they had begun. The untamable spirit of Colorado seemed to empower the storms, leaving her breathless yet secure in the protective shelter of the Stidham house.

Until she had to wade to the cellar.   ~Mail-Order Misfire

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2 thoughts on “Speak to the Earth and It Will Teach You

  1. Great photos and thoughts. Thank you, Davalynn.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, David. Glad it blessed you.


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