Song Of Songs 2:1 & 2
I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the young women.
While nobody is completely sure of what flower the "rose of Sharon" is talking about, we can be sure that it was not a rose like it has been translated (roses did not exist in Israel at that time). The best guess is that it was speaking about a type of lily that grew in the area of Sharon. Sharon is a plain that extends from Mt Carmel and Haifa in the north to Tel Aviv in the south of Israel. There is an old saying that goes "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and it speaks of the fact that beauty is only beauty when it is observed and appreciated by another person. Here, the young girl does not see herself as being that special while Solomon sees her as standing apart from other women much like a flower stands apart from a thorn bush. This is a picture of the fact that, when we accept Jesus Christ, we are set apart from the rest of the world. We have a special beauty in the eyes of God because of our relationship with His Son. This being set apart is what is commonly called sanctification. We also see that, though we are set apart (sanctified), we are still among the thorns. Just as a lily stands out among thorns, we, as Christians, have a purpose in this world and that is to stand out as a witness to others.