Consider the Lilies of the Field

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June 20, 2010 Tags: Christ & New Creation

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Consider the Lilies of the Field

In his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus uses the common theme of nature to remind us to seek his Kingdom and to not worry unnecessarily about our earthly needs. “Consider the lilies of the field,” he tells those gathered, “how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Matthew 6:28-29).

In her poem “Consider the Lilies of the Field” (one of her many devotional pieces), Romantic poet Christina Rossetti ponders what other messages the flowers of the field can teach us. This refreshing extension of the verses found in Matthew reminds us that God can speak to us through creation, just as he speaks to us through his Word.

Of particular importance is Rossetti’s reminder that though we are often amazed by the wonders of creation, we do not often take the time to reflect on the humble lessons these wonders relay.

Commentary written by Stephen Mapes.

'CONSIDER THE LILIES OF THE FIELD'

Flowers preach to us if we will hear:--
The rose saith in the dewy morn:
I am most fair;
Yet all my loveliness is born
Upon a thorn.
The poppy saith amid the corn:
Let but my scarlet head appear
And I am held in scorn;
Yet juice of subtle virtue lies
Within my cup of curious dyes.
The lilies say: Behold how we
Preach without words of purity.
The violets whisper from the shade
Which their own leaves have made:
Men scent our fragrance on the air,
Yet take no heed
Of humble lessons we would read.
But not alone the fairest flowers:
The merest grass
Along the roadside where we pass,
Lichen and moss and sturdy weed,
Tell of His love who sends the dew,
The rain and sunshine too,
To nourish one small seed.



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Louise - #18141

June 20th 2010

I for one enjoy the once a week “worship” posts, they are refreshing, please keep them coming even though they do not get many comments.
Nothing like spending a few hours in the mountains as my husband and I did today to appreciate the fragile beauty and brief splendor of the mountain wildflowers. The red Indian paintbrush is at its peak in our area and is sprinkled artistically among the other white, yellow and purple flowers. I thank God that he gave us eyes to see the vibrant colors and the beauty of the natural world.


davey - #18151

June 21st 2010

I’m not really quite sure what is being said in Matthew. The world is a dangerous place for sentient beings. It looks like all we need for a comfortable, felicitous life now is not promised to be provided by God. Not freedom from distress and pain, not food, clothing, shelter, companionship, worthwhile employment of our faculties.


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