It is true. I am a gardener. Most days you will find me digging in the dirt with a big, floppy brown hat on the top of my head. It helps to keep the wrinkles from growing. My home is full of botanical patterns and my dishes have a floral design and one of my dogs is named Daisy. I shop for clothes that move and wash easily, just in case I want to pop out to do some yard work after household chores. When it is 95 degrees I garden in the shade. When I want a little sun I garden in the east, where the morning sunshine lives. But most importantly, when there is strife or hateful violence in our world it is in the garden where I find my deepest peace and comfort.
I am God’s Gardener. God’s great diversity lives in our natural world. I see him daily while I work. Reading his word through the eye of a gardener teaches us His will for our lives. We can find His message everywhere in the garden. Like pruning of deadwood or that good soil matters, and what about weeding and watering?
All of the seasons we experience match those that are found in our natural landscape.
I have purchased a new Bible called NIV God’s Word for Gardeners BIBLE, “grow your faith while you grow your garden.” In the foreword, general editor Shelley Gramm says, “Your love of gardening deepens your acquaintance with God. The garden is a place we go to, to rest and reconnect, to find our way, to breathe the earth. God teaches us through the weeks of garden work.” I find this to be true. When I am sowing seeds in my garden beds, God is sowing in my spirit.
In today’s daily devotional reading from Sarah Young’s popular JESUS CALLING, I read that God is, “creating something new in you; a bubbling spring of Joy that spill over into others’ lives. Do not mistake this Joy for your own or try to take credit for it in any way. Instead, watch in delight as My Spirit flows through you to bless others. Let yourself become a reservoir of the Spirit’s fruit.” Now I don’t know about you, but when the world is full of violence and darkness I cannot be full of Joy. It hurts my soul. How can we feel or share Joy in such a violent world?
The good news is that God lives right out of your back door. You can go and cultivate a life of Joy that DOES overflow to others. Share your fresh herbs and flowers with friends, visit your Farmer’s Markets with a full heart. You can become a reservoir for God’s love and share that great force with others every day! Become a gardener for God, reconnect with your natural world. Spend time in the garden reflecting on God’s Will for your life. Finding that peace that surpasses all understanding brings me great JOY, a joy I find in the garden. And this much I do know is true, I promise you this; there is still so much JOY in our world, we just have to go digging!