The Garden

A garden - a place of beauty, a place that takes a lot of work, a place that sometimes puts food on our table, a quiet place to ponder, a peaceful place.  How often do we take a moment to think about how nice it would be to simply have time to spend in a garden?  Why do you suppose that a garden was the first place God chose to put His created man?

You are right, we don’t usually give a garden credit for anything but hard work even though it is true that we do enjoy its occasional beauty.  What if we had never had to leave?  Would it have taught us the things we needed to know without having to face the turmoil we have created by ourselves?  Was it originally God’s plan until someone else decided to get in on the act?  Where did the devil come from in the first place?  Was he also created to test the depth of man’s loyalty?

Ezekiel recorded for us the very words of God – You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.  You were in Eden, the garden of God ….where everything was prepared for you on the day you were created  (28:12-13).  You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you (15).

Questions?  Yes, quite a few of them. Would it be any better the second time around, or is man patterned simply by the free will that God gave him?  Is he predestined to “do it myself”?  You’re right of course, life is full of ups and downs, of often wishing we could simply start over, but maybe that was also part of God’s plan.  Just maybe value cannot be seen unless the lack thereof is first experienced.  You’re right again, that is sad but that is where we are.  The question is where do we go from here.

For some reason or another we have always known that mankind is not perfect and we have let ourselves be limited by that assumption, not giving credit at all to the One who created us and His plan for our lives.  As we look at the days in which we currently live do you ever wish we could go back and start over.  Wouldn’t it be nicer to think we have pleased our Creator with our lives and we have managed it all on our own?  Gee! I wonder how pride managed to get in on the act.  I didn’t invite him, did you?  The one thing I do know is that God still loves His children and He is ever willing to give us another chance.

Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.  So there they laid Jesus (John 19:31-32).  A garden was the place where God first placed man and in a garden where His Son, Jesus, was buried after dying for our sins.  Do you think we should be giving more significance to the gardens in our lives?

Friends, I can’t speak for you, but I know where I want to be.  I don’t know of what value I can be, but God knows and has always had a plan so I will leave it in His hands and thank Him every day for the joy and peace He has so generously given me.  My wish and hope for you is that the chore He has so generously given me will bring you a sense of purpose for your life.  Whether you have always known or whether He has just now given you the revelation of what you were designed for, may you have peace, joy and comfort from knowing what He has in store for our future in His Heaven.

Add to your blessings by going to You Tube and listening to Pure&Praise, Mt. Carmel sing “I Come to the Garden Alone”.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA