"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

Consider the Lilies

Consider the Lilies 1

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13

Closely examine a rose, and you will see how all the delicate sweet smelling petals, are so intricately layered and designed.   When a newly bloomed flower opens, it is the most beautiful.  All the colors, twists and turns, curves and imperfect parts.  When the Rose is crushed apart it gives off the most potent fragrance, which is why the rose is the most common flower used in potpourri.

“A rose trampled on the ground,” is used to describe Jesus dying on the cross.  “He thought of me above all,” the song writer wrote.  It’s amazing how much thought God put into his creations, from the flowers of the earth, to the human body.  He knew what we as humans looked like in the darkness of the womb, just as he saw each flower before it ever sprouted from the seed.  He loves us, cares for us, and waters the seeds he plants in us.  He works through the tough soil of our hardened hearts (Ezekiel 36) carefully removes the harmful weeds that hurt us,  and helps us to grow to be our most beautiful through it all.  (Matthew 13:24-43)

What a smile He must have had when putting of His beloved creation together, and the vision he has for us now from beginning to end.  (Ecclesiastes 3:11; Jeremiah 29:11) So did he see the beauty that could arise from the ashes, when Jesus the seed of David, Son of God to all the heaven and earth, was nailed to a wooden cross for all.   The cross is a symbol of His undying love for us.  Jesus death brought us life, just as the winter comes to an end spring comes.  When our head hangs low at times, just as the flower wilts and droops after much drought and dry seasons, God sends the rain and the sun to revive us.   We have harsh winters here in Canada, but rejoice the spring is coming!

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry.”  – Isaiah 55:10

“Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the LORD your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.” – Joel 2:23

Jesus is also referred to as a Lily of the valley. (Matthew 6:28-30) God must love flowers, as he uses them to describe and teach us many things.  “Consider the lilies and how they toil.”  We need not worry for a single thing, but to trust in His hand.  We are Gods creation just as the grass of the field, and the sparrows of the air.  (Luke 12:27-40; Matthew 6:28; Matthew 10:31, Luke 12:6) If he loves them so, how much more does He love us?  He gave His own son, just as He gave the Rose as a symbol of His undying love. (Song of Solomon 8:6) Only after Jesus died, did we see His true nature of Love scattered, leaving behind the sweetest fragrance, that of the Holy Spirit.  Consider the Lilies, and then you will know…..

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” – Song of Solomon 2:1

“How beautiful the Hand that created a Rose.”  – Amanda Batten



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