On occasion, I have closed my eyes and tried to picture the Garden of Eden. According to Gen. 2:8-9, the Lord God planted quite an amazingly beautiful, life-sustaining, life-giving garden. God is a magnificent Horticulturist! To be chosen the very first man and woman to cultivate this most exquisite garden was an honor for Adam and Eve. Did you know that God has given you your very own garden to cultivate? I call it our “Soul Garden.” A “Soul Garden” is a place where by the renewing of our mind with the Word of God, our mind, will, and emotions, come together in unison. It is a place that needs to be tended to and visited daily. The renewing of our mind gives us the tools to create beauty in our garden. As we learn to plant according to the will and nature of God, our “Soul Garden” begins to grow and radiates the glory of God. His presence will permeate the atmosphere of our garden and flow out to others, as He intended.
I have noticed in the Word of God, how important gardens are to Him. What God created was very good. He created it with excellence. Our arch-enemy, satan, likes to hang around God’s gardens. We may not always see him, but he lurks and he stalks. He is sly, waiting to see if he can bait us with his lies. His extreme hatred for God and all of God’s creation, including you and me, spills over into all of our gardens. What happened to Adam and Eve in the garden altered the course of all mankind. But….then Jesus showed up! He came to restore what God, His Father, had created, and what was lost through Adam and Eve’s sin. He came to restore us back to our rightful relationship with God. Jesus chose a garden to cancel out the result of sin in the first garden and to alter the course of mankind. He prayed fervently and surrendered His mind, will, and emotions (Luke 22:41-42). In that Garden of Gethsemane, evil was lurking, trying to get Jesus to take the bait of non-surrender to the will and plan of God. After Jesus chose the plan of God over the comfort of His own flesh, He was arrested in the same garden (Luke 22:54). He was crucified in a garden (John 19:41), and buried in a garden (John 19:41). Three days later, He was resurrected in a garden tomb. Are you beginning to see how important gardens are to God? Historical and spiritual accounts happened in these very gardens. I’ve got to pay attention to my “Soul Garden.” The choices I make in my own garden will alter the course of my life, either for good or for destruction. My desire is to be known by bountiful and delicious fruit growing in my garden (Matt. 7:16).
I love manicured, well kept gardens. It takes a lot of work to cultivate this type of garden. There is a tremendous amount of plowing, tilling, planting seeds, weeding out, and watering to be done. Just like Adam was given Eve as a helpmate, the Lord has given to each one of us a helpmate in our garden. His name is Holy Spirit. If we allow Him to cultivate and prune our “Soul Garden,” the Word says in Gal. 5:22-23, that we will produce fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Holy Spirit knows everything there is to know about gardening. I know I need His help, because He is the Master Gardener. Now, that is good news!
I think I’ll take a break now and go water my thirsty garden. “Holy Spirit, please walk with me and talk with me as I water my garden today. Show me Your Master plan for my garden. Cultivate in me a heart to bear fruit that is pleasing to You.”