Consider the Lilies

Easter lily

photo by monetmama

Why did God make flowers?

For us to use!

I’ve been buying flowers for us. Reading The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer helped me realize the importance of adding little touches of beauty to our home and table. I notice that I feel better when I see a spot of color on our table. It gives me a sense of well-being and a lift to my spirit. My children enjoy them, too. They notice them when I first bring them home, and they help me take care of them. Flowers add joy to the atmosphere of our home.

I’ve been buying flowers for friends and family. I have felt led by the Lord to buy flowers recently for my mom, for my sister and for my friend. They had all gone through trying times, and I just knew that I was supposed to send them flowers. They each called me to thank me and were in tears because of the joy that the flowers and the sentiment brought them. They felt loved and cared for. I knew that God sent those flowers to them. He just used me to get them to them.

Flowers are extra special because of the message they bring to us.

26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
(Luke 12:26-28, New King James Version)

We are worth more than these flowers of the field. You and I are created in the very image of God. We are His children. The flowers are adorned and cared for by their Maker. How much more so are we?

All of the pictures of flowers I chose for this post, they’re all LILIES. All different types of lilies: Easter Lilies, Lily of the Valley, Water Lilies, Day Lilies and – TA-DAH!!! our own Wander Lilies from Kansas City:

And Easter Lilies that Kelsey wanted to buy while we lived in Belleville:

With all of this variety and concern and attention to detail that God pours into flowers that will only last a few weeks or a season and which have no soul or spirit, can we begin to imagine how He feels about us – the crown of His Creation – the ones He gave His life for?!!!

32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Romans 8:32 (New International Version, ©2011)

I hope you are now inspired to spread joy and cheer to someone you love through flowers!

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