Monday, June 10, 2013

My Little Flower Bringing Forth Fruit

I keep every card given to me on Lily's birthdays, Mother's Day, etc... Yesterday, I was going through some of Lily's things and came across a card that my best friend, Kala, gave me this year on Lily's 3rd Heavenly Birthday. 

Kala will be marrying my brother, Joseph, this October, so she will truly be Lily's auntie... that brings a huge smile to my heart. :) She was one of the only people there on the day Lily was born. 

Anyways, the truth and beauty in her card is so profound and elegant that I just have to share it:
"It is hard to believe these years have gone by so quickly. The more time that passes, the more fruit comes forth from the tiny flower that grew in your womb. 
My heart and spirit are and will be forever grateful for your obedience and for the life Lily was given. 
Lily helped me to see the beauty of life, helped me to understand that we are all but flowers quickly fading here on earth - made for the good pleasure of the King and created to sew Truth into this earth - and life. Life. Was there ever a word so beautiful, apart from the Name above all names, King of kings and Lord of lords - King Jesus! 
I love you, Hannah Rose and Lily."

I am amazed yet again at how the Lord specifically chose the name Lily for my daughter - she's "my little flower," as I call her... the depth and meaning behind her name is still being revealed.

A gift from Marcia

Flowers were created to produce fruit... "A tiny flower" named Lily was created by God to produce good fruit... both in my heart and life and in the hearts and lives of others. She was made to sew Truth, beauty, and LIFE into this earth. Her legacy will far outlive the number of days her physical body was alive on earth. It is true that the more time passes, the more fruit God is bringing forth from her life!

As is very-often found in English translations, a single general word, in this case "flower," is used to translate a number of different Hebrew words that all mean "flower," but with some more specific or detailed meaning.

The Hebrew word pronounced peh-rawkh, means a bud of a flower (a partially-opened flower). Lily was only partially-opened on earth. She never spoke a single word... never even took a breath. And just as we wait and anticipate when a beautiful flower is about to burst forth in full bloom, knowing the beauty that is to come, so it is with Lily's life... I am waiting for the beauty of this little flower's legacy to burst forth in full bloom!

"A tiny flower, lent not given, to bud on earth and bloom in Heaven..."

The Hebrew word pronounced tseets, means a brightly-colored flower. Lily brought so much color to my world and the world!

The Hebrew word pronounced nits-tsawh, means a blossom, a flower in full bloom. Lily may not be blooming on earth anymore, but she will bloom with vibrant LIFE in Jesus forever!

Isn't this amazing?!

Like Lily, I pray that we allow God to bring forth all the beauty in our short lives that He desires to... may we be fully willing, fully surrendered to His plans and purposes. All the temporal matters in this life don't have significance in light of Eternity. May we live with Eternity always on our hearts and minds!

As little flower Lily's life is teaching us, we are all flowers quickly fading... here today and gone tomorrow. Created to glorify the Lord with our lives.

"As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. The wind blows, and we are gone - as though we had never been here. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and His righteousness to children's children, to those who keep His covenant and remember to do His commandments." ~Psalm 103:15-18

All flesh is grass, fading away.
Only You last, only You remain.
All flesh is grass, fading away.
Only You last, Only You remain...
the same, You never change.

Surely man is like the flower of the field,
And life is but a vapor, at best it's but a vapor.
Surely man is like a flower of the field,
And the fragrance but a vapor, at best it's but a vapor.

But, You O God,
are better than a thousand blooms.
~Misty Edwards


1 comment:

  1. I too, have a Lily in heaven. Thank you for sharing.


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