I heard a familiar council in my spirit. It is because you planted them in different places. They are all in different dirt, and get different amounts of water from the sprinklers. Where they are at gets different exposure to the sun.
I felt a little convicted about judging where people are at spiritually. I have too often thought a person should be at a certain measurable point after having accepted the good news for a particular length of time. I am sure there is some wrong thinking happening here.
My sunflowers were all planted at the same time but did not all have the same benefits so they experienced different growth levels. This principle works the same in people. I have even judged myself. How many times have I compared myself to someone else and thought I have come up so short. Apparently I need more grace for myself and others. I came from some tough dirt and I am sure many came from tougher. I think that means we were missing many of the basics in life. Our life was compounded by often lacking the water of encouragement and being overshadowed by the world from the sun.
The fact that we are where we are spiritually is no doubt a miracle in itself.
Perhaps there should be no expectation just a grateful rejoicing we are apart of His pan at all.
Bless the Lord oh my soul.