Day Five: Thomas
Lilies remind me of the story of Thomas.
His story is a part of Easter that I don't ever forget.
The Lord had come to visit the apostles after His death, but for so,e reason Thomas wasn't there. The others, after seeing Him, bore testimony to Thomas, "We have seen the Lord."
For eight days Thomas waited.
I wonder if the anxiousness in his heart grew higher and higher as the days stretched on. Would the Lord remember Thomas? Would He come back to visit him?
The weight of the thought must have been thick and heavy.
Perhaps he was fearful that the Lord wouldn't come again; maybe he thought he had missed his chance to see the Lord after His death. It is hard for belief to thrive under that heavy burden. We don't know the circumstances of the questioning, but we do know that Thomas's heart filled with doubt, "Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe."
Then came Jesus.
And He said to Thomas, "Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing"
Oh, how I love that moment.
The Savior knew the fears and the deepest longings of Thomas's heart –– to see, to feel, to believe. Jesus didn't ignore Thomas's doubt or his questioning. He invited Thomas to reach, to have a personal experience, so that he could discover the answer himself.
He knew that experience would allow Thomas to believe.
The tradition we use to celebrate Thomas is simple ––We buy a bouquet of white Easter lilies.
Easter lilies are sometimes called The White Robed Apostles of Hope.
They symbolize life, purity, hope, faith, renewal, promise, and remembrance. Lilies testify of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the hope of life everlasting. They symbolize a deep and abiding belief in the resurrection of the Lord.
The lily is a beautiful reminder that we must continue to believe even in a world that is uncertain.