My wife, Kelly, and I were pondering many things the other day, as we often do. We sat in our garden reflecting on the Glory of God.
The rains over the last days have nourished everything in the garden. Life springs forth in all its splendor. God’s Glory appears daily in our little corner of the world.
She reminded me that before the fall, in the original Garden, the Garden of Eden, God’s intention was for humankind to tend, work, and live in harmony with his creation. God labored, creating this garden of the earth for us to live in. From Scripture, he gave us the task to maintain his garden. In Genesis 2:15, we see God’s charge for humankind: “work and keep” the garden. The word “keep” in Hebrew is “shamar” pronounced “shaw-mar”. It means to guard, to observe, to have charge of, to preserve, and to protect. Hence, we have a purpose in the garden which gives us work, satisfaction, joy, and much beauty to behold. Yes, there is Glory in the garden.
Most people would agree that Joy springs from our hearts as we teach and seek kinship with the inhabitants God placed in our lives. Are we seeking peace and harmony? Are we seeking what God seeks? Are we working and keeping our garden?
Satisfaction fills our minds as we tend our garden, seeking kinship with each other. Purpose fills our lives as we interact with all the blessing God provides, and beauty fills our souls as we live daily with the Gardener: God, Jesus, our Savior.
Think of the garden of your life as the chrysalis of a butterfly. A butterfly starts out as a caterpillar, devouring food as it prepares for its day of glory when it emerges from its chrysalis. The food, the leaves of the plants God provided, are like his words that jump off the pages of Scripture, nourishing our lives. When we fill ourselves with food God provides, we grow healthy and we grow strong. As we start and to walk with Jesus in life, we emerge to a new life in Christ. We start to seek what Jesus seeks: kinship, peace and harmony. We emerge from our chrysalis in glory. Much like the butterfly.
Our Garden—YOUR Garden, is a Holy place. As you emerge from your chrysalis, giving glory to God, seek to live in kinship, harmony, and unity in the garden. Seek his face in the garden of your life, work it and “keep” it. Rejoice in the purpose, satisfaction and joy received from its intricate beauty. Oh, yes, there is GLORY in the garden.
“The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah ~~ Psalm 24:1-6.