Lily of the Valley

Lily of the valley

 

“The lilies of the valley are people who yoke themselves with Christ and act as co-laborers with Him to bring beauty to the valleys of life.

He lightens the afflictions of the outcast with the promise of a heavenly home. He encourages the broken hearted with a knowledge of His love. Christ is unafraid to gladden the valleys with His presence and the lilies of the valley are not fearful to follow Him there because they know that where ever Christ is, they are home.”

 Frozen in fear, I had realized that my life had become palsied with an inappropriate regard for “social courtesies.” Not in minding my “please” and “thank you’s” but in fearing the looks and stares, the shame and repulsion that comes with acting outside of the established social decorum. Ever feel compelled to share Christ, yet instead became vague and ambiguous in your speech because of fear of “ruining” the atmosphere? Or being the friend that no one calls because they are too “Jesus-y”. Yet hadn’t Christ “despised the shame” when He became a “brother” to degenerate race and loved those who did not love Him? It has often been my habit to find some means to escape from shame and suffering and run to the bosom of comfort and acceptance. Yet if I were to continue in this course, God knew that I would never come to see His glory, which can only be found by sharing in His sufferings.

“And the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.” Exodus 20:21.

In The Song of Solomon God reveals Himself as someone who possesses characteristics that the world considers outwardly unattractive, but are the very attributes for which angels sing His praises. While the female counterpart in the story, a picture of Christ’s bride, is called a “lily of the valley”. The valley represents the valley of affliction, a place of spiritual heaviness. Yet in this valley is where the lily grows. The valley is also where Christ can be found for “He feeds among the lilies.” Sgs 6:2.

Christ lives in the low regions, He hears the cries of the suffering and penitent. He identities Himself with the rejected and despised. He considers Himself one with “the least of these”.  He was called to suffer “outside the gate”, outside of what is commonly considered “cool” and “popular”. And those who belong to Him will be willing to risk popularity and be a companion with Him in shame and suffering, not considering the light afflictions of this life worthy to be compared with the weighty glory of His return.  “So Jesus suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to Him outside the camp and bear the reproach He endured.” “[We are] heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”  Hebrews 13:12-13. Romans 8:17,18.

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