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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)

TITLE: The Lilies of the Field
By John Abercrombie


Why is it that women love to get flowers? Is it because they smell good? Is it because they are pretty? Or is it because of the thought behind them? The answer is probably “Yes.” My wife loves roses, or at least that is what I always buy for her. They speak of my deep love and appreciation for her. She is the most beautiful lady in the world to me – far prettier than flowers.

Jesus loved flowers. “Consider the lilies of the field.” “Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” The beauty that Solomon displayed in all of his ways was pretty magnificent. Gold, silver, cedar, magnificent horses, lush gardens, beautiful clothes – everything he had was pretty awesome. Yet all of Solomon’s glory did not even to compare with the beauty of even a lily, much less the magnificence of mountains, deserts, forests, lakes and streams, or amber waves of grain.

All of the beauty around us is given to us by our Creator, and for our enjoyment. If we will let Him, He will take care of us beyond our wildest imagination. Solomon in all of his glory was not dressed like these flowers, and how much more will God take care of us. Every time we see a flower or smell its fragrance we are reminded of God’s care and His love for us.

Another lily tells us more – “The Lillie of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.” Some people grow rare orchids worth thousands of dollars. The Lily of the Bible is worth more than all the orchids that could ever be grown. Knowing Him will one day be the most valuable thing a person could have – a Lily worth more than all the orchids in the world. Jesus is that Lily. When we stand before the Father and Jesus says, “Father, this is one of Mine,” that will be worth more than roses, orchids, gold, silver, or even life as we know it here.

“Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things those in the world seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:30-34

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Rachel Burkum10/11/05
Great way to bring out the analogy. I thought your piece started out very nicely too - the questions grabbed my interest. Nice job. :)
Melanie Kerr 10/11/05
My husband hasn't given me flowers for a long time! I liked the line about it being the thought behind them that matters.
Jan Ackerson 10/11/05
This was a nice exposition on several mentions of flowers in Scripture. I especially liked the line "Jesus loved flowers." I've never thought of it that way before.

Your first paragraph seems to belong to a different piece, which I'd also enjoy reading!