“They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden” (Job 8:16).
This verse sounds wonderful, but it is talking of the person with faith in the wrong thing. It will eventually come to naught and be torn from its roots, which are shallow.
Sun is usually a symbol of life and healing as it is indeed in Malachi 4:2 saying, “but for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go and leap like calves released from the stall.” The image of the “Rising Sun” is of Christ, the Messiah coming into the world to shine His light. “Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace” (Luke 1:78-79). This wonderful gospel track reflects the wonderful and popular Isaiah 9:2-3 Christmas passage “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy.”
The world is indeed in increasing darkness and needs light. “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). He goes on to tell of how walking in His light bring fellowship with Him and one another. We can do this only by seeing and receiving the Light of the World, Jesus Christ into our hearts and walking in His way as my book This is The Way, Walk in it http://www.amazon.com/This-Way-Walk-Randolph-Frank/dp/1517680808/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1448133568&sr=1-10&keywords=This+is+the+way%2C+walk+in+it proclaims.
Do you have images of God that come to you in sunlight? I find sunlight full of beautiful scenes like the following one from Montana near to where my son lives. It speaks of life and the challenges brought by the snowcapped mountains. But notice the mountain sunflowers that stick through the early spring permafrost to bring life to the post winter giving us incentive to keep walking.