Do you like gardens? Do you like to visit gardens and appreciate the work that others have put in? Do you like to work in a garden, enjoying the challenge of taming the weeds and tending the plants? The poet Dorothy Gurney wrote a poem called ‘God’s Garden’ and the last few lines are well known: ‘ one is nearer God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.’ Many would agree with that.
The first chapters in the Bible are about a garden. It was a Paradise created by God for humans to live in. It had everything you could possibly want in it including food to sustain life but God gave instructions that Adam, the first man and his wife Eve had to obey in order to stay living in the paradise. It wasn’t long before Adam and Eve did disobey and they were cast out of the garden to fend for themselves. One of the punishments God gave was that from then on the ground would also grow thistles and thorns and life would be harder work because of them. We should take note of God’s commandments that he has given us and each time we have to dig out weeds and thorns be reminded how important it is for us to do so.
If we have faith in God he will look after us like plants in a garden. He will care for us like tender plants and shoots in need of water and good soil to grow. Jesus tells us that God looks after us better than the flowers even though they are so beautiful. How wonderful is his care for us if we just consider the beauty of the flowers growing around us! How he must love us to look after us like this. Of course we must love him too and do all the things he asks of us. We must read his Word which he has kept safe for us and learn what it is that he wants us to do. He wants us to live for ever in His kingdom that is coming to this world. He will restore the world to the beautiful garden it was in the beginning and he wants men and women to live in it who will honour and love him. How do we know this? Here are some very few of the many verses that tell us.
Numbers 14 v 21: as truly as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.
Isaiah 35 v 1: ….the desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose.
(Reading all of the chapter in Isaiah is a wonderful promise of the garden to come.)
Revelation 2 v 7: to him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.