The Constant Gardener
“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” – Genesis 2:8-9
One of the oldest professions in the world is Gardening. Without gardening we wouldn’t have the beautiful flowers and plants to grace our living space with, and perhaps farmers wouldn’t know how to grow crops. The Garden of Eden was created for many different purposes. It was a place to live, a place to eat, a place to work, and a place to enjoy with loved ones.
God put Adam and Eve to work immediately, upon their arrival to the Garden of Eden. He passed on His knowledge onto them and all the tools they would need.
Gardening is hard work. It consists of digging, pulling weeds, planting seeds, watering in dry times, and constantly being in a state of watch over your creation to protect it from invaders that seek to destroy it. (Song of Solomon 2:15)
This can take up much of your time, but if you enjoy the act of gardening, it can also give you a sense of accomplishment and bring peace; especially when you see the fruit that comes forth, and the beautiful blooms that flourish. It’s like an act of worship toward the Lord when you use the skills and gifts He’s given.
God is, “The Constant Gardener.” He’s consistently working on us, to help us be our most successful, and flourish in each season; bearing precious fruit. (Psalm 92:12, Galatians 5:22-23) He is constantly toiling the soil of our hearts and removing the stones. (Mark 4:1-25, Ezekiel 36:26)
In the parable of the sower, (Luke 8:1-15) Jesus is described as a farmer. Jesus was a jack of many trades wasn’t He! A carpenter, a farmer, a fisherman, a shepherd, a savior; a king! But we are also called to be sowers, and shepherds, fishermen, gardeners etc. There isn’t a shortage of callings. I love gardening, and all it’s disciplines. There is no such thing as Karma, but you do reap what you sow. (Galatians 7:8) You get out what you put in. If you don’t put your time and prayers into your tasks, your life, and others you will never be successful. To have the best crops, a farmer has to be dedicated. Jesus dedicated his life to saving us, so we are to carry on the good work, and spread the news; spread the seed (the word)
So gardening is also a spiritual act, we are constantly in need of pruning in our hearts and lives, spiritual watering, love and protection. We are a needy people. God plants precious seeds in our lives to help us grow, and removes the seeds of doubt and unbelief. This comes from reading the word of God, it helps remove weeds and helps us grow. The word is a seed (Luke 8:11) The holy spirit is the water (John 7:38-39) Our heart is the Garden that God tends to daily, and out of our hearts we bear precious fruit. (Galatians 5:22-23) Therefore we must guard our hearts for all we do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23) Sometimes a person is a seed, that is put into your life, to help you flourish.
When I take a walk in nature, and see the trees, the grass, the flowers that sprout up even in the most barren places, I often think of God, and how amazing the mind that dreamed everything into existence; How something beautiful can come from a simple pile of dirt.
There is beauty in the simple things in life, that we often miss and take for granted. It is proven that taking a walk in nature can give your mental state a boost, and help you find calm. Aside from the bees of course, but to everything a purpose.
I really wish I could have seen the Garden of Eden, it would have been the most beautiful Garden in the world. It was a Garden meant for man to live in before the ground was cursed due to sin.
“A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.” – Genesis 2:10-14
The lord entrusted this Garden to Adam and Eve to take care of (Genesis 2:15) Yet somewhere along the line we disobeyed God, and took for granted what God already gave us, in search for something more. Isn’t this true of today…..the novelty of the latest thing wears off and we forget the beauty of what we already have.
Everyday is a gift, and all that is in it. So I dare you to go out and enjoy the beauty that is ours for the taking. Forget about the bad, and take in the good. Seize the day!
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24