May 27, 2020 Midweek Devotional Song of Solomon 2:1 (NIV)“I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.”MeditationThe Bible refers to Jesus as both Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. Let’s consider this for a moment. The rose is considered by many to be the most perfect of flowers: perfect in shape, color, and fragrance. Both it’s firmness and tenderness remind of Christ’s character. The rose can be found in all countries and all places; it is a universal flower loved by people of all ages, nationalities, and walks of life. This reminds us that Jesus came for all people everywhere.Now consider the Lily of the Valley: beautiful white in color, representing Christ’s purity, and the flower’s drooping, head hidden modestly under the shade of its broad leaves, representing Christ’s humility.
How does this apply to each of us? As Christians, we are to grow each day into people who are more like the Savior we follow. Like the rose, we are to remain firm in our faith, but with an attitude of tenderness and love toward all people. Like the lily, we are to remain humble servants of God as we serve him in this world. One more thing about the lily is the way it grows. In talking to someone from our church who has a love for God’s green earth, and is well-versed in its plant life, I learned that the lily grows by sending runners out, and from each runner other plants are produced and multiply.Just as Christ called us to do when he said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”Just some food for thought this week. In this season of growing and change, remember to take the time to reflect on the new growth we see all around us, and consider how it reminds you of our wonderful Creator.
Thoughts for Reflection What things about Jesus that are reflected in the rose and the lily, are also reflected in your life?What fruit have you produced for Jesus this week? This month? This year?What is one or two areas where you could ask God for guidance and wisdom? Blessings for your day,Pastor Kim