Posted on August 1, 2019 by America's Keswick in Victory Call
Whether it is vegetables or flowers, I love to work in a garden! Over the years, I’ve discovered so many aspects of gardening that illustrate spiritual life. It’s not surprising that the Bible begins with the account of God’s creation of everything that we see and know, including His placement of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It’s so appropriate that Adam’s first responsibilities included the care of the garden. God’s creation reflects Who He is and reveals what He is able to do. Even with the curse of our sin, the beauty of our natural world is breathtaking.
When handling plants, I revel in the beautiful colors God gave them. No man-made color comes close to God’s original creation! This reminds me that God’s plan for life in Christ is enriched by the color of His work. Our walk of faith is never dull. God fills our physical experience with exciting glimpses of what only He can do. Every moment of peace, gift from His hand, answer to prayer, resolution to conflict, relief of pain, sin forgiven, and infusion of strength adds another glorious color to our canvas to reflect His glory!
I’m fascinated that such beautiful plant life is nourished by plain old dirt. In my physical home and spiritual life, I work to rid my environment of dust and dirt; but in the garden it’s a necessary component. Could it be an example that God can redeem even the messy parts of our lives in order to cultivate a mature and beautiful faith in our hearts?
Plants thrive in the warm light of the sun and with adequate refreshing water. Humans thrive as we root ourselves in the warmth of God’s love and drink freely of His abundant Word to us. Both are necessary gifts of His abundant grace to us!
Finally, working with plants reminds me of God’s sovereignty. I do my part to provide what is needed, but I can’t control the growth or survival. In the garden that is my life, God promises to be the Master Gardener and He will produce the foliage of His will!
Written by Sarah Young: Sarah is Robert Hayes sister. She has 2 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren and is an avid reader, a pastor’s wife, and a beautiful home maker.
Think About This: “Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have each of them the dew of heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each other’s roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of each other.” – John Bunyan
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Lord, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us.” – Isaiah 26:12
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.