The Lesson of the Lily

“We blossom like a flower and then wither. Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭14:2‬ ‭

Months of waiting – and finally, it’s here.

Lily season!

Amazing colours. Delightful fragrances. Differing heights and textures and growth habits – a wondrous sensual extravaganza.

But.

They don’t last long.

While the entire lily season lasts almost two months – from the early martagons to the late trumpets and Orientals – each flower only lasts a week if conditions are optimal.

A week.

A single week!

A mere blip on the calendar, really.

So why even bother? (I can hear you wondering.) And your question is legit.

Seriously.

Lilies are planted in the fall. They are planted deep, which requires some sweat equity and expense. Some require mulching if they are tender in this climate.

Then the gardener waits.

Waits, through all the howling winter storms and frigid temperatures. Waits, through all the months of darkness. Waits, when all the false springs and fake thaws get more innocent hearts pumping.

Waits, through actual spring thaw.

Waits, when tender shoots spear in the soil.

Then waits some more, while the lilies produce stalks of green.

To answer the question ‘Why lilies?’ we get closer to the question ‘Why me?’

Why me?

I’m a blip on the historical calendar.

I bloom for so short a time, after a tough season of waiting for growth and development.

Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.

So why even bother?

Ah, friend.

Enter the lesson of the lily…

Each of those precious lilies is a longed for event to a gardener. Each in its turn takes its place in the parade of delights, the old stand-bys, the new fledglings full of promise, the exotic and rare, the common. Each is loved and treasured and valued.

As are you.

You, with your short growing season, will take your place in God’s global garden in your turn – and bring delight to the heart of God.

Let that sink in for just a moment.

You.

You are treasured, anticipated, placed with care in your spot in the garden. You are watered and nurtured and yes, your time to bloom will come.

And when it does, it will bring the King of the Universe delight.

I want to bloom according to the Gardener’s plan. I want to grow in grace, send down roots into the solid truth of His word. I want to get out of the way and allow the Spirit of God to beautify, restore, heal, bless, draw out all the facets of His character that He planted.

And when my blooming season is over, I want the memory of what God has done in my life to leave a legacy of grace behind.

Living mindfully means understanding and embracing impermanence.

It means allowing God free reign as Head Gardener.

It means humbly accepting the garden conditions, be they too hot, too dry, with wind, hail, or storm.

It means choosing to bloom in a world that is often ugly and unfair.

Learn the lesson of the lily with me?

Father, thank you for the lesson of the lily. Work in us to produce something of beauty that will bring blessing and peace to all who will interact with us today. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and lets grow together!

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