THE STINK LILY
One day, as my sister-in-law, Brenda, and I worked in her mother's yard in late spring, I spotted a remarkable plant growing close to the side door. I had never seen anything like it! I immediately went to investigate. Its single blossom was huge, with a rippled edge. Its surface was velvety and vivid in hues of pink, red, purple, and blue.
Brenda did not know its name, but she said that it had been there for years. I later asked Brenda's mother about the beautiful plant. It seems that a friend had given the plant to her husband many years ago. The friend called it a "Stink Plant," which explained the strange odor I had smelled when I approached it.
Later I researched the mysterious plant, whose odor resembled rotting flesh. I learned that its genus was "Dracunculus" and its species was "Vulgaris." Other common names were listed, two of which were: "Dragon Lily" and "Stink Lily." I did not understand how such a stunning plant could be commonly known as a "Stink Lily."
This started a strange thought process in my brain. Did God make this beautiful plant to be stinky, or did He make the stinky plant to be beautiful? Obviously, He intended it to be both. Then I thought of the skunk, a very photogenic little creature who is extremely "stinky" in order to repel its many enemies. Next I thought of other creatures (some people) whose "stinky" nature attracts, rather than repels. It all seemed to be in the eye of the beholder.
Next thought: Did God include something special in our DNA when He created us in His image that is especially "stinky" to our enemy, the devil, yet endearing to God? I believe that He did! I believe that our love and obedience to our Father is so repulsive to the devil that he flees from our presence when he perceives it. Satan sees beauty only in our sin and disrespect to God. God is saddened by it. God sees our love for Him as beautiful. To the devil our devotion to God acts as a repellant, sending him away like a roaring lion, seeking weaker souls whom he can capture in their sin!
Dear God, help us to be truly beautiful in Your eyes, but real "stinkers" in the devil's eyes!
"... Your accuser, the devil, is on the prowl like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."
1 Peter 5:8 CEB