Featured in my perennial garden are two graceful stems of Solomon's Seal, like birds in flight with their landing gear of elegant tubular flowers dangling beneath alternate wings. The name Solomon's Seal may have been derived from medieval legend regarding the seal on the magical signet ring of King Solomon, known for his great wisdom, power and wealth. Apparently the rootstock of the plant has round, flat scars that resemble the impressions of a seal. The root is traditionally used in herbal medicine to treat a variety of maladies and so perhaps the name refers to the idea of sealing up a wound.
As I daily come and go past this elegant specimen of simplicity that is related to Lily of the Valley, I am reminded of the words in Matthew 6: 25 - 34
" Don't worry about things - food, drink and clothes. For you already have life and a body - and they are far more important than what to eat and wear ... Why worry about your clothes? Look at the field lilies! They don't worry about theirs. Yet King Solomon in all his glory was not clothed as beautifully as they. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he surely care for you, O men of little faith? ... So don't be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time."