If you are reading this, chances are you have an interest in gardening or farming, or simply love the beauty of flowers and being in their presence. For all of us, we have roots of origin that run deep in the garden, as God formed the first man and woman in a garden, the Garden of Eden, and placed its care in the hands of Adam and Eve. A historical event of far-reaching impact took place in this garden, as it was the setting for the original sin and the fall of mankind. Interestingly, it was in a garden that our redemption was fulfilled and Mary Magdalene discovered Jesus alive after rising from the dead. It’s also interesting that she mistook Him as the gardener. There’s actually great truth to that and I refer to God as the Master Gardener in these pages.
Chances are that you are interested in growing closer to God as well. The analogy of the garden to spiritual life offers beautiful lessons and the truths are too glorious to ignore. Jesus references it many times in scripture and one only needs to look upon the beauty and engage in gardening and farming to see that God is our Gardener and we are His soil. He plants His Word in our hearts and waters us with the gentle rain of His Holy Spirit. Growth is inevitable when conditions are optimal and He has designed us for growth.
As the gardener or farmer prepares the soil to support life and growth, God prepares us to receive His seed, or His Word, from the Bible. Gardening is symbolic of growing in faith: it takes hard work and “tending”. If you have ever dedicated yourself to producing an abundant crop or radiant flowerbed, you’ve been blessed by your efforts with a bountiful harvest and the splendor of color and variety. Apply these same principles to your spiritual life and you will receive an outpouring of spiritual growth. The Bible refers to this as the fruit of the Spirit and it is the evidence of God at work in us.
God gives us obvious clues to His existence and His love for us. He speaks to us through the majesty of the changing seasons and the miracle of new growth. He leads us in the truth of His character and love as we learn about the cycles of life in the garden. If you have ever experienced the thrill of working the dirt with your bare hands to place delicate seedlings in the warm spring soil you have connected with God as the Creator. You have partaken in His plan for mankind. He crafted man from the dirt of the earth and we maintain that relationship through our desire to connect with nature. God wants to be part of our lives in a real and tangible way, just as we choose to spend our most momentous events in the presence of flowers. God wants to be our Source of hope, love, strength, and joy, every day of the year.
These weekly devotionals will feed and nourish your soul, enhance your relationship with God, and equip you to blossom into all God created you to be. As you grow in your relationship with Him, I believe He will produce abundance in the garden of your heart and mind.
This hope is not without basis because God’s Word tells us in 1 Peter 1:23 “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”
As you dig into your devotion for each week, you will find some gardening “tools” to guide and equip you. Each passage provides a Bible verse followed by our life application to both your garden and spiritual life. I know you will be inspired as you ponder the topic throughout the week and take action to apply each truth to your life. To make the most of this time, I hope you will dig into each of these and discover the treasures God has in store for you… in your life and your garden. ~ Mary