Lily is our first daughter.
She is a girl.
So, she became our Lilygirl.
I know, this is genius material.
But before Lily was born, there was another Lily girl.
Back in my single days, someone gave me a bracelet with the word “lily” on it. I would have liked some sort of action word, like “brave”, “dream”, or “believe”. A lily flower doesn’t do much really, it just is. Hence, my disappointment. I wasn’t very comfortable with just being. So I started to consider the lily.
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even King Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:28-30)
To enjoy life without toiling or striving.
To be arrayed with glory.
To know that your being is something pure, delicate, and of a heavenly scent.
This is what I wanted to be.
And slowly I started to see that this is who I always was: a lilygirl.
Back in 2003, while wearing that bracelet, my friend named Sean Allen walked by me and noticed it. Instead of saying, “Hi Rona”, he jokingly said, “Hey Lily!” This was the first time I heard it spoken as a girl’s name. In that moment, my daughter Lily was born in my heart. It was as if she was real, alive, and my heart was suddenly enlarged with the desire to be her mother, all from hearing her name spoken. Yet my present reality would say otherwise: I was single, not even dating the guy who I liked yet, and still working through my own fears of becoming a mother. But sometimes God speaks to things that aren’t, as if they were. And in His creative little way, it just so happened that God used her future dad to be the one to speak it.
Consider the lilies.
Lilies decorate and dress up the fields as if the grass is throwing a party.
And we just so happen to be the belles of the ball!
We are His lilygirls.
If [lilies] is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” ~ (Matthew 6:30)
We are intricate, delicate, and beautiful.
We are bold in our colors.
Our fragrance captivates.
We cause people to stop and take a deeper breath in.
How about clothing yourself in this truth each morning?
How about we help our daughters to?
In our house, we have a daughter named Lily.
But we have many lilygirls, myself included.
How many are in your house?