The Trouble With Trilliums

June 26, 2000
by Anne Russell

Romans 6:4 – We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (NIV)

The white trillium is the provincial floral emblem for Ontario. I proudly display it on my license plate. In the spring of the year, the trillium grows in wooded areas all over the province. It is against the law to pick these flowers, as picking one causes that plant never to bloom again. This flower is one of the first to bloom in the spring. It dots the woodlands with a sea of white, making us aware of new life. The plant has three distinct green leaves and the flower is pure white, with three large petals. The trillium reminds me of the province in which I live, and also reminds me of the trinity — three in one. I see in the white the purity of the Godhead — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The green reminds me of eternity — life everlasting.

The law against picking trilliums in order to avoid destroying them makes me think of the law of God in the Old Testament. The laws which Moses presented to the people were impossible for them to keep. Going against the law of God brought death, and would have destroyed us all, if it were not for Jesus Christ who kept the law and offered himself for our sins.

When we compare the fragile life of the trillium to that of ours, there is no comparison. With the trillium, if the law is broken there is certain death. With us, through the grace of God, there is forgiveness and a promise of new life. An angel of the Lord spoke to the apostles: "Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life." (Acts 5:20 NIV)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to be aware of new life, in the gift of salvation, given to us in love through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to obey your laws, written out for us in the word. May we be ever mindful of Your presence through the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. Amen.

About the author:

Anne Russell <anbrussell@rogers.com>

Brampton, Ontario, Canada


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