And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:28-29 ESV
What about clothing? Jesus marvels at how we worry about outward appearances. He points to the lilies of the field and challenges the mind to consider their comeliness. What you see in a lily is beauty in its entirety: a flower with no added trappings to make it more beautiful than it already is.
The Lord plunges into the very depths of our understanding. King Solomon’s silken robes, rings of gold, crowns of precious gems, and other glittering ornaments are, in our Lord’s appraisal, pathetically inferior compared to the splendor of God’s creation.
Our lives are as the lilies of the field; the fullness of real beauty emanates from within. Everything we reflect to the outside world are blossoms of growth from the innate potential that our Creator endowed upon each of us at birth. As we cultivate the measure of faith, hope and love that we hold in our hearts, no earthly adornment can augment the essence of loveliness that springs forth in our lives, a blessing to others, to the glory of God.
***Photography: Yellow Lilies by Poppy