Saturday, November 25, 2017

a place to belong

I knelt down next to the trashcan, used both arms, and scooped them up off the street. They were white and pink lilies in the biggest bouquet of flowers I've ever seen. An old newspaper wrapped around them. A few were wilting, but most of the lilies were in full bloom. Full, beautiful, let-you-smell-their-fragrance bloom. 

I smiled the whole way home. 
What someone else had gotten tired of, had no use for, was a delight to me. A treasure!
People passing on the streets noticed my enormous bouquet and my beaming face. I'm guessing they assumed I had a dedicated lover, the thoughtful kind. 
Boy were they right. 

I came into our drop-in centre in the middle of the red light district, Promise House, and I put the bouquet on the table. I searched for enough old jars, vases, bottles to hold them all. It took awhile. They were jam-packed with happy and wow of Jesus moments.
 I spread them throughout Promise House - on tables, lamp stands, computer desks - everything got covered in flowers. 

I heard Jesus whispering the whole time. 

"Lilies don't belong in the trash on the street. They belong held in arms, enjoyed. They belong in a home."

I sat down at the piano and sang Him a song of the truth He tells me about lilies. He likes browsing among them. He enjoys their fragrance, their company. He calls us lilies. He is a Lover in love with us. He has a place for us all. 

My Beloved is mine and I am His. He browses among the lilies.
(Song of Solomon 2:16)

Now the whole place smells like lilies. 

I was 15 when He started giving me a desire to be His lily. I was romantic and desperate for a man's attention so He gave it to me. 

"Like a lily among thorns, so are you, My darling, among the maidens." (Song of Solomon 2:2)

So now I'm sitting in this safe place He's made in the red light, smelling lilies that came off the street. Rescued and beautiful. He's doing it! Making life grow here. Making beautiful grow here. He has a place for all the lilies. He made happen in the physical what's been happening in the spiritual. We all belong with Him. Enjoyed. 
He really is something.