Lillies, Lillies are beautiful.
Growing up in the depths of downtown Toronto, I did not always get the chance to admire the beautiful flowers, trees, and gardens as much as I would have liked. I grew up surrounded by buildings, pizza stores, and more buildings. Although, I loved growing up in a big city with all the lights, malls, and at hand bus transportation, I’ve always found myself more drawn to the the small parks I would walk to around my building. Those parks offered me a sense of protection. I would look at those big strong trees and flowers, and would think and say to myself, “if God watches over this beautiful creation, then he surely would watch over little me”, and He surely did.
Once while making my daily run to the park, I happened to cross this beautiful flower I had never seen before. It was a beautiful white flower with some light pink and purple hues to it. I did not know the name of the flower, but I fell in love with it. I asked myself how did I not see this beautiful flower before? Until this day, I believe God surprised me with a gift, since He knew how much I loved going to the park to see His great creation. Which was just a little park with a small garden and a couple of trees, but for me at age 6, it seemed to be enormous. I believe for about a month, I would make some time each day to go see that flower and each day God surprised me with several more blooming. Until one day those flowers did not bloom anymore.
In life there are moments when those beautiful flowers bloom and those strong trees stand firm and tall. Although, in an instance those flowers can also whiter away and those trees can be cut down and never grow in the same place again. When that happens what seemed months for awaiting those flowers to bloom and those trees to grow to their potential all of a sudden are taken away without giving anytime for you to prepare to say goodbye. At age six this seems to be traumatic. I believe for me it was because those flowers, that in my six year old heart believed God grew for me, meant more then just a flower, but a promise of beauty in the midst of a dark place. Those flowers never grew again, because I was never able to go back to see them. The reason I did not go back anymore was because I was scared for reasons that are too personal at the moment to write about.
As I go back in time to these moments, I can honestly say that those flowers did not bloom anymore or those trees stood tall anymore, no they did not. They grew stronger, they grew firmer, they bloomed more beautiful and elegant then they ever did, but just not in the same place anymore. God planted them in a different place, in a different city, in a different time. Since they were taken away for a moment, now that He has made them bloom even more I can appreciate them a lot more.
I believe and I know to be true that no matter where you find yourself in life, if you trust and put your faith in the unseen God, He will open your eyes to see His visibility in His creation. It maybe a simple lily blooming, catching the eye of a six year old, that He wants to catch your attention some how to show you his unconditional love and mercy for your life. He has a plan for our lives, and if we allow him to work as the master in command He will lead us to places we never dreamed of.
Here I am 22 years later from when I was six, with blooming lilies and strong trees no longer just around me but inside of me, because they represented protection, love, beauty, and safety, and who is inside of me is all of that. His name is JESUS CHRIST, who is King of all.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Romans 1:20King James Version (KJV)
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1 John 4:4King James Version (KJV)
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:28-33 King James Version (KJV)
With tides of love,