Thursday, May 13, 2010

Consider the "Lilies"

I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot at Orange City, Iowa, well known for their tulips and their "Tulip Festival". The flowers were in all their glory with the cool weather and ample rains. While I have been longing for some sunshine to bring me up in spirit, these flowers have been thriving and reaching up...perhaps just as we need to do...wait, do not worry, do not despair...sunshine is coming...

Remind me, Lord. I do not need to toil or spin, but just to "consider the lilies"! Amazing! Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin.Matthew 6:28

Song of Solomon 2:13 "Arise, my love, my beautiful one,and come away, for behold, the winter is past.
This is part of a love story. This passage uses the fragrance of "blossoming vines" to beautify the text and add sensual images to the love poem.

Song of Solomon 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

Song of Solomon 5:13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.

Song of Solomon 6:2-3 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies. I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.

Psalms 103:15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

Matthew 6:29
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these

.Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Perhaps in one of the most well-known New Testament references to flowers, Matthew 6:28-29 compares the care God shows in providing for the lilies with the care God shows in providing for his people. The language is beautiful, saying that the lilies are even more beautiful than King Solomon himself, and if God cares that much for a flower that will perish in a day, imagine how much more he will care for his people.

And NOW, for Tyler and Christi, who have waited to be together for nearly 6 years. Their wedding day is soon to be upon us and I am so happy for them. This mother of the groom is most definitely NOT wearing beige!

The Bridegroom speaks to his Bride:

1 How beautiful you are, my darling!
Oh, how beautiful!
Your eyes behind your veil are doves.
Your hair is like a flock of goats
descending from Mount Gilead.

2 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn,
coming up from the washing.
Each has its twin;
not one of them is alone.

3 Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon;
your mouth is lovely.
Your temples behind your veil
are like the halves of a pomegranate.

6 Until the day breaks
and the shadows flee,
I will go to the mountain of myrrh
and to the hill of incense.

7 All beautiful you are, my darling;
there is no flaw in you.

9 You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;
you have stolen my heart
with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.

10 How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much more pleasing is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!
Song of Solomon 4

1 comment:

Karen said...

Beautiful pictures and reflections...

Congratulations on the upcoming wedding!