Lily of the Valley

On the mountain I can see
far past dark valleys that stretch below
filled with their trials and their work 
for each day

On the mountain I can feel
chilly winds of morning flowing past
like lightly brushing angels’ wings
on my face.

On the mountain I stand fast,
and the mighty Rock of Ages
assures that victory lives within
His sweet grace.

But lilies do not grow upon the mountain.
Lakes of mercy there I do not see.
In the valley, quiet valley,
He awaits me with His love.
The Lily of the Valley is my Lord.

When I was a young girl, I remember an elderly preacher who often came to our church. One of his favorite sayings was “If you are walking through a valley, remember that Jesus is the Lily of the Valley”.

Even as a child, I understood that the valley represented the hard times of life and that Jesus would always be with me as I walked through them.

He would be beauty where I saw pain.

He would be life where I saw death.

He would be growth where I saw stagnation.

While I have forgotten many words that were said, I have not forgotten these, and they have proven true and faithful in my life.

Song of Solomon 2:1 I AM the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.

Psalm 23:Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Photo – Lily, Beth Mims


4 comments on “Lily of the Valley”
  1. Beth Alisan says:

    A beautiful poem, especially enjoyable as I have a freshly cut bouquet of Lilly of the Valley sitting nearby gracing the house with its beautiful aroma. We had a two week dry spell in which many of my bushes and flowers began to get a wilted look to them (even the leaves of the wild violet leaves began to curl). During that time my Lily of the Valley came into bloom and seemed to be the only plant flourishing.

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      Flowers give me so much joy! Those dry spells can be devastating.

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  2. Gary Fultz says:

    I’ve climbed to the top of some mountains…other than the view and a memorable perspective, one cannot stay long but less live there.
    Good reminder Beth on the flowers. Aside from the troubles of life there is the richness of all the promises of God here.

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  3. gracespeaker says:

    Life and God’s promises all find their home in the valley, for sure. I believe that is part of the message in Psalm 23.

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