Tiger Lilies

My favorite flower is the tiger lily.  It always has been for as long as I can remember.  I’ve never really been sure why.  I mean, they are a “ditch flower”.  They grow in ditches alongside the road.  In the dirt, and filth, and pollution, and garbage.

As I think about it, I think that may be why I love the tiger lily so much.  It thrives in deplorable conditions.  It’s beauty covers the landscape of the filth.  Even though it lives in decay and degradation, it opens it’s face to the sun every morning, without fail.  Even though it is a forgotten flower, unloved by most, it remains hardy and steadfast and ever willing to share it’s smile with the world.  Even when we don’t pay attention.  Kind of like Jesus, really.  Sadly, He is unloved by most.  However, He covers our filth with His grace and beauty.  He takes our dirt and pollution and uses it to create something beautiful.  He’s always there.  He’s always graceful.  He’s always beautiful.


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