Wow! I hope you have all taken time to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation this spring! Our Asian lilies were abundant and glorious and I hope that sharing them with you on this post will lead you once again to glorify God for His handiwork. Let me tell you the story of our first lily.
Early in the Spring of 2004 despite the hungry deer and obnoxious Japanese beetles, bloomed one stem of pure white lilies. These were a treasure to Mom because we were not sure if we would get anymore so Mom took great joy in seeing these unblemished flowers. About this time Mom heard that a former elementary teacher was dying of cancer. Mom felt led to go visit her and present the gospel. The Lord prompted Mom to bring her treasured white lilies to brighten the lady’s room. So Mom cut our only stem of blooms and took them as a gift to this failing friend.
We do not know how much this sacrificial gift meant to her or if it did anything to reinforce the message Mom gave with it, but God has unexpectedly returned this gift to us with many more beautiful blooms through the years. They stand as a reminder to us of Proverbs 19:17 “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”