I enjoy Spring and May flowers and have learned some interesting things about the Lily of the Valley that represents the Month of May. Lilies appear several times in the Bible and are noted in the Song of Solomon.
An article, “May Birth Flower,” states, “It was first chosen by the Victorians to represent the month because they appreciated its delicate scent and curving stems and associated it with vitality and peace. People born in May are considered to be humble and virtuous, and the white bell-shaped flowers of this plant send that message loud and clear to anyone viewing the blooms. Since this flower doesn’t emerge from the ground until all the threats of frost and snow are over, it’s also considered a sign that happiness is here to stay…”
In an article, “What Is the Meaning of Lily of the Valley?” by Edie Smith, it states, “Lily of the Valley is a fragrant flowering plant used in religious ceremonies, world celebrations, perfumes and in gardens. Also known as the May lily, it means “return to happiness” and most often symbolizes chastity, purity, happiness, luck and humility. Its meaning and symbolism are represented in Christian lore and folklore, on May Day, weddings and birthdays, and in various celebrations throughout the world.”
Some have compared the Lily of the Valley with the Lord Jesus Christ:
- A lily is white and very beautiful.
Matthew 28:3 states, “And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.”
- A lily is a fragrant flower.
Ephesians 5:2 states, “and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
- A lily is very fruitful. One root may put forth fifty bulbs.
John 15:5 states, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
- A lily is picture of humility. It stands upright, but hangs its head down.
Philippians 2:6-8 states, “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
- A lily has medicinal qualities. The Lord Jesus Christ is the great physician and is fully capable of curing all diseases.
Psalm 103:3 states, “Who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases.”
Finally, in reading the Bible, various lilies are found mainly in valleys, fields, and among thorns. May we be a fragrance of Jesus among others having valley and thorn experiences in their lives, and may we humbly spread happiness where we are planted.