Consider the Lily

3 Jan


Flowers of Lilium candidum

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Have you considered the lily? Wikipedia describes the Lilium as “a genus of herbaceous flowering plant growing from bulbs.” Early Christians believed that the lily represented purity. The Chinese meaning of the lily is, “forever in love.” Liliums comprise of several thousand species. Many are fragrant and lilies can be found in various colors. Some are grown and harvested for the edible bulbs.

Consider the lilies short life span. While our life here on earth is short, like the life span of the lilies, Jesus came so that we may have eternal life.

Song of Solomon 2:2 “My darling, among other women, you are like a lily among thorns.” From this verse we can consider the lily and it’s beauty, lilies are beautiful and fragrant. Solomon was describing the woman as beautiful and that she stands out among other women.  Beauty is not only skin deep, beauty also comes from the inside. How many of us have encountered beautiful people with nasty attitudes? Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said it best, “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

Consider the lily of the valley. Song of Solomon 2:1 “I am a rose on the plain of Sharon, a lily in the valleys.” Wikipedia describes a valley as a “depression with predominant extent in one direction.” Webster’s dictionary describes a valley as “an area drained by a river.” Geologists describe valleys as “a hollow of the earth bounded by hills or mountains.” Let’s focus on the words: depression, drained and bounded. We have to know that God loves us even more than He loves the lily. This is why he sent His Son to give us eternal life. Even when we are depressed; drained from our everyday struggles; and bounded by fear and setbacks we are still like a lily of the valley. Which means we can stand out even in hard times. No matter how many times we’ve sinned we are still like fragrant and beautiful lilies in God’s eyes.

On July 28, 2007, Thomas J. Williams, Jr. published a book called, Consider the Lily: A Case for Stress-Free Religion. The books description really sums up what it means to Consider the Lily. 

Since the beginning of time, man has attempted to discover the key to unlocking the plan of God. Life would be much simpler if we were to have access to the mind of the giver of life. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple clear-cut solution to life’s struggles? It is human nature to accept complicated answers to complicated questions but if you take a moment and Consider the Lily, you can begin to discover all there is to know of God’s will. You can strengthen your relationship with Christ with a stress-free approach to religion-to heed the words of our Lord and consider the lily. Beyond its beauty, it’s a very low maintenance flower and can thrive year after year without any constant attention. Through a systematic study of the Word of God, it is possible to maintain a calmer, more focused lifestyle; you too can thrive with little maintenance in a stress-free environment. Stress is one of the leading causes of sickness, pain, and death. Stress-related illnesses are rampant in the United States. The prayerful study of God’s Word can provide a strong and meaningful antidote to our crazy and stressful world; we need to take the time to consider the lily to experience life at its best.

Consider the lily as you go forth in this journey called life!

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