There was a certain woman who lived in rags, she and her family. The
house was falling through, their yard was unkempt, and they themselves
seldom bathed or changed their clothes. They lived like that because
they simply did not care about their appearance.
One day when the family was away for the day, this woman went to town
and saw a girl selling flowers. She stared at the flowers, and the
girl, seeing this dirty woman looking at her flowers, smiled and asked
her, “Do you like my flowers? Choose yourself any one. You can have it
for free.” The woman pointed to a snow white lily, “I'd like that
one.” The girl gave it to her and the woman ran home, put water in a
vase and carefully placed the lily inside. She marveled at the beauty
of the lily, but then she noticed a contrast. The lily was so
beautiful but the vase was so dirty. She took the lily out and
thoroughly washed the vase. Then she again put water in the vase and
put the lily back. Once again she admired the lily and the clean vase.
Once again she noticed a contrast. The lily and vase were beautiful
and clean, but the table was ugly and dirty. She took the vase and
lily off and thoroughly cleaned the table and neatly stacked the
things on the table and placed the vase with the lily back on the
table. This process continued that she noticed the one thing after the
other that contrasted, until she had cleaned the whole house and all
the mirrors. As she sat down to admire her handiwork she suddenly
noticed herself in the mirror behind the vase and lily. The whole
house was clean but she looked terrible. She went and took a good bath
and put on clean clothes and neatly combed her hair. At that moment
her husband and children arrived. Their mouths dropped open. They
almost didn't recognize their mother and the house. Then they looked
at themselves, how dirty and neglected they were and saw the contrast.
They didn't fit in in this house and with their mother. That day that
whole household changed. They became a new family.
We are speaking a spiritual language. When last did you put a
spiritual comb to your hair? When last did you spiritually wash
yourself? If you cannot remember your spiritual life must be in a
terrible state. You need to do serious stocktaking of your spiritual
Spiritually the Lily reveals to us the contrast between us and heaven,
that we must go to the Blood of the Lord Jesus to be cleansed of our
The outward beauty at which we spend so much time is but fleeting.
Even the most beautiful young teenage girl or the most handsome young
man will not be very attractive in 60 years' time. We must look at
what will endure. We must have our eyes set on the true riches.