Why The Lotus Flower
This parable involves a lotus flower that grows in the Far East in some of the murkiest and slimiest swamps. There are about 80 varieties of lotus flowers that grow in many tropical countries. The lily pad is a type of lotus flower. The particular lotus flower that grows in the Far East is quite large and is so unusual because of its strong fragrant smell. It's fragrance is nearly as strong as perfume out of a bottle. This lotus flower grows in a very stagnant and stinking swamp and grows floating on top of the murky water. It throws its roots down into the water and as it continues to grow its roots reach the stinking mud below. In this parable the stinking and slimy mud speaks to the lotus flower and says" I am sick of just being mud and I would like to become a lotus flower. How can I become a lotus flower"? The lotus flower speaks" You cannot become a lotus flower because you are of a different kingdom. Mud is mud and flowers are flowers and mud cannot become a lotus flower". "But I want to become a lotus flower"! The lotus flower says" There is only one way you may become a lotus flower. If you will surrender to me, I will send my roots down into you and my roots will draw you up into myself. I will convert you, who are mud, into myself. You will become a lotus flower in me". The mud asks a question, “Since I smell so bad, how can I ever become a part of you since you smell so good? I will surely cause you to smell just like me." The lotus flower responds, “That is the miracle of conversion. I can take the minerals that are you and convert them into the perfume that is me. I can take this polluted and filthy water and convert it into perfume. That is how conversion works. The stink remains and the real you is converted into what I am. Then you are in me and I am in you. We become one. In that way you really do become a lotus flower. However I can't convert you into me if you don't totally surrender yourself to me". The application is this: Yeshua is the Lotus Flower from heaven. He has come down into this stinking and polluted swamp. We are only mud. Mud is wet dust. If we totally surrender to Him he will send His roots down into us and begin the process of converting us into Him. No matter how stinking and rotten we are; true conversion will convert us into Him. Then we will be in Him and He will be in us. The two will have become one.•°´'`°•.¸¸♥ ...As dearly loved children; live a life of LOVE, just as Yeshua loved us and gave Himself up for us as a “Fragrant Offering” and Sacrifice to God.
“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.” ~ Victor Hugo