By Making Us His Garden

It all started in a garden and it ended up in a garden. Gardens are such a great representation of what goes on in the spiritual realm with our souls.

After God created Adam, He placed him in the Garden of Eden, also known as The Lord's Garden. He made it for Adam to care for and attend to it. It was a gift of love, life and newness. No other place on Earth was described like this garden. It was full of everything a person could want. From beauty, life, livestock and food. It was a place for Adam and Eve to start their new life for the Lord. A place to grow, create, be fruitful and multiply just as the Lord commanded. I could only assume that Adam and Eve loved this garden and did not think of leaving for any reason unless Lord asked them to. Now, when sin came onto the world, the ground was cursed thorns and thistles grew (Gen 3:18) and it would not produce the same way as it did before.

Fast forward a few thousand years when Jesus spoke the parable of the sower and He mentioned the word (seed) ending up in one of these places: the path, the stones, the thorns and the good ground. The good ground is where He can bring up gardens of life and beauty. He wants to make the Lord's Garden in our being. Not necessarily for ourselves or the world, but for Himself! This is a garden where He literally sows Himself into us!

Now, let me take you to the Garden of Gethsemane. Wow! This is where Jesus spends His last moments as a free man! In a similar place where He would walk with Adam and Eve. Where He would spend time, teach and be with them. In the Gospel of John (18:2), it mentions Jesus would go there often with the disciples to be with them. This is where He would have His last private prayer with Father God, where His sweat was like drops of blood, where He would ask, "let this cup pass from Me, but not My will, but Yours be done."

Jesus prayed at a similar place--a garden--for things to be according to Father's will. I believe that will was to be together with Him once again--to be sown into the garden of our being and to be as transparent before Him as Adam and Eve were in the beginning. It started in a garden and it ended in a garden.

We are His garden. We either let Him tend us, keep us with His Word and Holy presence to fill us with newness and life, to enter into the Holy of Holies and let His waters nurture our garden; or we disregard His ways, His laws, His presence and the garden dies.

Let our gardens be completely His, let them be fruitful and full of life. Let the garden of who we are be the good ground where His Word grows and flourishes, in order that He may eat of the good fruit that comes from it.

In life's journey with you,

Caroline