A Lady in the Desert

Lacelip Lady Tresses A clever flower showing off in unexpected places.

Lacelip Lady Tresses
A clever flower showing off in unexpected places.

Recently, I was walking through an arid parking lot when I passed a little patch of grass on a tiny traffic island. On this island were these plants with tall green stems and little white flowers that spiraled around the top of the stem like a staircase. I had seen this plant before, in my wildflower identification book and later confirmed that it was called “Lacelip Lady Tresses”.

What was especially interesting about this particular plant and the fact that I found it in an otherwise unassuming parking lot is that it is considered rare in South Carolina. In fact, in my identification book, it is considered a State Endangered species. I was so amazed by this little miracle that I went inside and told the receptionist about it. She told a friend who was sitting with her and I took both of them outside to see the plants. I even told them all the information I had in my brain at the time. They were both really excited to learn about this. The receptionist even expressed the wonder of having walked past this little area every day and would never had known about the rare plant growing there.

We’ve all seen little spots like this. Usually in areas trampled by man that have been neglected. The earth is beaten down. The concrete is cracked. You’ll find sprigs of grass, patches of dirt and dandelions. But to find an endangered species, a collection of beautiful rare flowers making this little spot home was quite remarkable.

It was a little miracle and made me think of the greatest miracle of all; God’s redeeming of man through Jesus Christ. The Lacelip Lady Tresses are like the gift of salvation. It’s there in the open for anyone to discover. However, most of us human beings would never recognize it or know we were seeing it. All they need, though, is someone who is familiar with it to share it with them. That is where Christians come in.

We are told to be the hands and feet of God. Jesus gives us one real, black-and-white command. That command is not to save for retirement. It is not to buy a house and live comfortably. It is not to raise up whatever politician we think is better. It is to tell others the good news of freedom through Christ. It is to make disciples of all nations. 

As Christians, we are familiar with the very precious treasure of salvation, eternity and perfect love. How often do we let people pass our little oasis in the desert without inviting them into the shade? How often do we deny others the joy of freedom through Christ because we are preoccupied with that which doesn’t last? My brothers and sisters, the world is groaning for what we have. I fear our rare treasure may become endangered if we remain silent. Our voice is not found in a vote or through a paycheck. Our voice is divine and has the power to rescue souls.

We have access to a most precious and rare treasure. We are a pool in the middle of a desert. We cannot keep it to ourselves. We must share it. Introduce others to God’s love for humankind through our interactions that will open doors to share the Good News. That is what matters most. As we share our love for others through God’s word and His direction, we begin walking the path that God has set for us. Moreover, we allow God to use us for His purpose to progress the kingdom and eventual return. It is not someone else’s job. It is ours.

So consider the Lacelip Lady Tresses and the receptionist who walked past them every day with no knowledge of the endangered flower at her feet.
Matthew 6:28-34. “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Share the Good News with those that God puts in your path. May God’s love give you the confidence to speak.