THE LILY OF THE VALLEYS
"I am... the lily of the valleys" (Song
of Solomon 2:1).
Because of its graceful design and serene elegance, the lily has become known as "the
queen of flowers." There is something uniquely beautiful and sensitive about the
lily. It is both the loveliest and the lowliest of the lovable. There are hundreds of
species and thousands of varieties of lilies, each of which reflects its own special
charm. The lily is employed to illustrate beauty of character, purity of life, and
serenity of personality. The white lily, for example, is well known as a symbol of moral
purity, innocence, and sincerity. For centuries, the lily has been regarded as a sign of
the resurrection. This has given rise to the widespread cultivation and use of the famous
The poetic portrait of Christ as the lily of the valleys is rich in meaning. It is an
exquisite description of the purity, loveliness, and cheerful submission of Jesus Christ.
The title, "lily of the valleys," is an admirable metaphor of the divine nature,
spotless character, and matchless beauty of Jesus.
The lily is an appropriate gift for all seasons and all occasions. Whether in festivity or
in mourning, it is always appropriate. Likewise, Christ's presence is always appropriate
and in keeping with human need. In all the vicissitudes of life, joyous or sad, the
presence of the lily of the valleys will satisfy all our hopes and aspirations. Only the
lily of the valleys can bring holiness and wholeness to a society plagued by evil and
dominated by the bizarre and the grotesque.
As the lily of the valleys, Jesus Christ is precious and constant to us. Ellen White
admonishes: "We must look away from the disagreeable to Jesus. We must love Him more
and obtain more of His attractive beauty and grace of character."--That I May Know
Him. p. 136.
My Prayer Today: Lord, may the beauty of the lily of the valleys enrich my life