Consider The Lilies

consider_the_lilyI’ve never been a big flower guy. With the exception of a large sunflower or two, my garden was always full of vegetables. The sunflowers I did grow were edible, and they were the variety that would grow 12 feet tall. I suppose it is kind of a man thing to want to see how big some things will grow.

But several years ago, while I was doing the garden at the Cherry Street Youth Center in Chanute, I had the idea that I would plant several different types of lilies and have the children paint a series of Bible verses on stepping stones. As the lilies grew and bloomed each year I would be sure and have the children read the Bible verses lying on the ground beside the lilies.

The stones read as follows:

Luke 12:27-31 (NKJV) ~ 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? 29 “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

Every year as the lilies bloom I am reminded that God will take care of us. God is a provider. It does us no good to worry and fret over the details of life. God knows what we need and He knows what we don’t need.

Jesus said we should consider the lilies at times when we are overwhelmed with life. All they do is simply grow in the place where they are planted and display the handiwork of God at the appointed time. God gives them everything they need to fulfill the purpose for which they were created. So today I would invite you to do as Jesus says and, “Consider the lilies…”