Have you ever smelled the fragrance of a Stargazer Lily? Stargazers release a fresh floral aroma that will stop you in your tracks to ponder upon what just tickled your nose. The pleasant, sweet fragrance of the Stargazer Lily is incredibly soft and refreshing. A few days ago, my neighbor placed a beautiful Stargazer Lily on my front porch. After an exceptionally long day, it was a lovely surprise to see such a beautiful flower greeting us with its presence. That evening, I decided to place the flower in my kitchen windowsill next to my succulent plants.
The following morning when I walked into my kitchen, I noticed a beautiful fragrance that was not there before. Immediately, I began to look around to evaluate what was different, completely forgetting about my Stargazer Lily. The closer I got to the Stargazer, the liveliness of its aroma captivated my attention.
How could such a small flower release a fragrance that changed the entire scent of that area in my home? I am not talking about a bouquet of Stargazer Lilies; I am talking about “ONE STARGAZER LILY!” One Stargazer changed the entire scent of my kitchen and stopped me in my tracks. As I stood to evaluate the essence of the aroma, I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 2:15-16,
“Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?”
Lilies are biblical motifs highlighted throughout the Bible that projects the beauty, glory, love, and fragrance of Christ to the Church. Lilies are also descriptive of spiritual growth and purity. Song of Solomon 2:2 reveals that we are like lilies living amongst thorns. Therefore, we must continue to blossom in the truths of God’s Word and bask in the love of Christ. To prevent becoming thorns: unfruitful, unfaithful, hurtful, and pernicious people.
Some people may ask who is adequate to represent Christ? For it is written, all who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. Each day, we all should adequately live in the same manner of the sweet floral aroma released by the Stargazer Lily. The fragrance we release to others ought to be atmosphere-changing, life-changing, and a representation of the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. I challenge you to evaluate the aroma you are releasing into the environment around you. Are you representing Christ in such a way that it stops others in their tracks to assess the vibrancy of your light, love, actions, words, and/or demeanor? Are you living in a manner that releases a sweet fragrance unto God? Or are you the thorns living amid lilies, inflicting pain on those who surround you?
Remember, “Those who are being saved we are a life-giving perfume!”
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Photo Note: When I went to thank my neighbor for the freshly cut Stargazer Lily, she blessed me with another one!
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I really love this analogy.