Lilies

Lilies are my favorite flower.  David has bought me Stargazer Lilies throughout our relationship, marking significant days such as our engagement, wedding and various birthdays and dates.  They remind me of God’s creative and delicate hand forming and fashioning His creation in ways that reflect Him.

Little did I know, in placing a love for lilies in my heart, God has given me a promise for times such as this: a time of growing, stretching, trusting, seeing my need like never before.  Lilies, in this season, are becoming a reminder of God’s faithfulness and care.

We are standing face to face with a decision that can easily provoke anxiety in the most courageous person.  We are willingly giving up financial “security” (and a car, health insurance, etc. among other things) to follow Jesus.  In the West, we hold tightly to the promises we think that money, a “secure” job, a career make to us.  This master’s voice is seductive, but it is not trustworthy.  After all, you cannot serve two masters: the Lord and money (Matt 6:24).  But if I’m honest, money comforts me in times of trouble and helps me to sleep at night.

I’ll admit, it is scary.  Now that the time has come to follow through with the decision, second-guessing comes naturally, but we both know that it is what we’re supposed to do to follow in the Lord’s footsteps.  So, we will follow Him.

In Matthew 6, Jesus reveals the root of all anxiety: unbelief.  He graciously gives many promises to strengthen the believer’s faith.  Jesus could simply have said, “You fools, do you not get it by now?” but instead, he graciously approaches His followers by elaborately using promises and metaphors that pointed them back to His character.  He knows that we are but dust, He knows that we need His reminders.  This book is full of reminders.

“And why are you anxious about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Soloman in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”

John Piper adds, “Compared to the flowers of the field you are a much higher priority for God, because you will live forever and can thus bring him eternal praise. Nevertheless, God has such an overflow of creative energy and care, he lavishes it on flowers that last only a matter of days. So he will certainly take that same energy and creative skill and use it to care for his children who will last forever.”

So, we throw ourselves at the feet of a faithful, caring and powerful Master.  One that doesn’t fail in His promises, one whose voice we can trust.  The seduction of His voice lies in His proven faithfulness.  We pray with confidence, knowing that our Master knows our needs and cares for us.  We pray, More of You and less of me, Your will be done, be glorified, let us worship you.

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