February 11, 2013
“I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon. His branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon.” Hosea 14:5-6
When I used to live in Phoenix, I always loved to buy myself lilies to place throughout my house. I loved how they started out as little closed up buds, and how I would leave for work one day and they would be peaking out of the buds, and when I got home, they would be BURSTING out! Filling the whole room with their presence! Lilies are the most beautiful flowers to me! They open up so fully and they brought me joy in a time that I needed it most.
So I understand what God is saying when He says, “I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall grow like the lily…” What starts off as a little bud, all closed up with hardened hearts and hardened exteriors, can turn into a beautiful flower with just a little refreshing from the Lord’s dew. They will open up their hearts to Him, as they open up their lives to Him.
We are like the lilies to Him. He wants to water us so that we grow into the beautiful flowers He made us to be!