Monday, June 26, 2017

Consider the Lillys

A mother's love crosses through generations, but do you know that her day lilies can too?  My grandmother planted day lilies in her front yard and years later, my mother would go dig up a few bulbs and transplant them. Any bare spot in her yard would be a perfect place for a bed of lilies.  She loved how they multiplied and how pretty they were when they bloomed.  

It is funny how certain items can bring up the memory of someone dear.  We had a grandmother who grew beautiful amaryllis and to this day, when seeing them in bloom, I think of her.  Last year when a bare spot came up in my yard, I remembered my mother's love for lilies and planted a few bulbs, just like she would have!  To my delight, they have multiplied and bloomed!

Right now they are in full bloom and a thing of beauty to behold. Some days I just stop and gaze upon them and their beauty. They bring back beautiful memories of my mother, her love for flowers and the her love for me - a comforting feeling that will never go away.

This variety of lilies is called a 'double lily'.  It is beauty upon beauty.  It signifies abundance, more than enough. 

There is a powerful chapter in the Bible that speaks of lilies.  Luke 12:27 encourages us to 'consider the lilies'.  They simply exist, they do nothing to earn God's special care but we are told "that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."  Following the admonition to 'consider the lilies' is the promise that "If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you..."

Sometimes that powerful pause to look, linger and soak in is just what our hearts need. Being reminded of the promises found in the Bible that God sees us, values us and will take care of  us bring a renewed hope, strength and are a beautiful sight for the soul. 

Consider the lilies, remember God's love, His faithfulness.  If He knows and remembers the flowers of the field, He knows us, what we have need of and He will care for us. Pause, drink in and go forth with a burst of blessing!  

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