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Friday, May 4, 2012


Just as every month has a birthstone, every month also has a birth flower. The flower for May is the lily of the valley. And it reminds me of Jesus.


Jesus said: “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” (Luke 12:27)

Tiny, delicate lilies of the valley often grow wild. It’s just like Jesus to focus on the small things we might otherwise not pay attention to—such as mustard seeds, children, sparrows, tiny lilies.

When looked at up close, the beauty of the lily of the valley is undeniable. They are dressed in splendor. By God. 

Jesus is a Lily of the Valley 

Jesus is often referred to as the “Rose of Sharon.” This reference comes from the Song of Songs 2:1:

I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.

Although the context of Song of Songs is Solomon’s love for his wife, many biblical scholars believe the scripture represents Jesus’ words about himself and his desire for a love relationship with us. 


Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me… Psalm 23:4)

When was the last time you walked through a shadowed valley of despair, sorrow or crisis? When we do, I believe that those valleys are covered with lilies; filled with sweet-smelling reminders of God’s love and presence. 

Several Psalms begin with notations: to be sung to the tune of Lilies. (Psalm 45, Psalm 60; Psalm 69; Psalm 80) We don’t know what the tune sounds like, but it must have been beautiful to God and to men for its reference to have been preserved in scripture.

So too should our lives be beautiful to God; our songs to Him filled with praise and clothed in splendor.

A Lily Amid Thorns

The lily of the valley is described by botanists as a “hardy” plant, often grown amid thorns. Jesus was forced to wear a crown of thorns—taking us back again to Song of Songs 2:2 Like a lily among thorns…

…and reminding us of Jesus.

Happy birthday to everyone born in May.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving splendor to even the smallest plant. Thank you for loving even me. When we think of the delicate lily of the valley, please remind us that it is precious to you. As are we. Help us live lives that glorify the splendor that is you. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU:  Have you ever had the chance to see a real lily of the valley? And smell its delicate fragrance?


Pam B. said...

Reminded that there are always blessings amidst troubles. Thank you, Jesus.

lynnmosher said...

Oh, Carol, I love lilies. One of these days I'm going to have some. I love that they are often amid thorns. I didn't know that. Wouldn't you love to hear that melody? Someday, we will! Loved this!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Pam - "blessings amidst troubles" is a great way to state it. And true.

@ Lynn - oh! It didn't occur to me that we'd get to hear the "lilies" tune in heaven. That will be awesome!