Observing the Lilies

August 12, 2022

The tiger lilies are in bloom along the roadside in July and August. Seeing the tiger lilies makes me wonder if there used to be a farm house in that location. The farm house is gone, but the tiger lilies are still growing. Those lilies are survivors. Jesus invites us to “Observe how the lilies of the field grow.” (Matthew 6:28). He is pointing out that we keep on learning by diligently studying, researching, and observing the world around us. There is something in how a lily grows that Jesus wants us to observe. The tiger lilies were not only surviving, they were thriving. The plants I saw had vibrant green leaves with beautiful orange and black blossoms. That’s what I saw on the surface. It would have been easy to overlook the underground realities which influenced the plants thriving. Underground there was the composition of the soil, the workings of the root system, the available moisture, and the important role that worms play. All of these unseen factors are necessary for the tiger lily to thrive. There are unseen factors in our life that are necessary for us to thrive? To thrive we need nutritious food, clean water, proper medical care, and comfortable shelter. These are what we see. We also need a proper root system. These roots are the relationships that we have with family and friends. Being strongly rooted builds vitality in our life. It would be interesting to diagram all of the relationships in your life. The diagram will probably look like a root system. We need to give and receive love, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, and goodness. These are essential emotions for a healthy person. A thriving community, like good soil, is composed of these upbeat, Godly emotions. How are you like the lily? What do you need to thrive today? “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33