Isn’t nature incredible?
As I ponder the phenomenon it brings be closer to the one who created nature.
This coming season is one where gardeners have relatively little to do. I call it ‘putting my garden to bed’. So, I prune, deadhead, tidy, plan and plant bulbs.
The latter two tie in with one other as I have visualise how the garden will look next Spring as I put daffodil, tulip and crocus bulbs into the ground. They all go underground… if you pardon the pun!
Although, there must be a lot of activity happening Underground! Here is the mystery that only God could create, as all the plants appear to be resting but are they? They continue to grow on in that darkness, in the soil, unseen until the spring when new life is suddenly on view – and all with no help from me!
I was reminded by some dear friends recently that what we see in nature here on earth is just a fraction of what we will see when we get to heaven. We were talking about nature… when we see the beauty of nature surrounding us, and when we are creating beauty by planting bulbs and shrubs and plants or view the majestic wonders of the world in nature; the deep blue sea and all the creatures of the world. This is nothing compared with what we will see in Heaven.
In Heaven, everything will be more colourful, larger, magnified and shining with the Love of God. Some may call this the Glory of God. In the Bible, the book of Exodus describes Moses’ meeting with God and seeing the pavement made of Sapphire stone, as blue as any sky!
Yet, we see the beauty here on earth and think that this is it! How does it compare with Heaven? When Jesus taught us the Lord’s prayer, it includes asking for the earth to become like heaven when we ask for Your Kingdom Come.
We are told about the Garden of Eden and its beauty in Genesis, and again it is mentioned before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis), here the land surrounding these cities were like the garden of the Lord. Ezekiel talks about the cedars and other trees, “no tree in the garden of God was its equal in beauty”. So beautiful gardens are key to how life will be like in Heaven.
Perhaps it’s a little like the change from black and white to Technicolor, or from 2D films to 3D films? The difference are amazing and you’d don’t realise that things can be improved until they happen. And yet…
I guess the phrase ‘blot on the landscape’, shows that our gardens can never be truly perfect and without some kind of fault. There is always a blot somewhere, on the landscape or the horizon ready to spoil our attempts in making beautiful gardens.
We were removed from the Gardens of Eden and their like or they were destroyed: each for the same reason, disobedience or when people stop believing in God, Jesus and Holy Spirit—when this happens there is no protection against evil. The temptations are real to everyone and we can be ensconced into wickedness before we realise our mistake If we consider the wickedness which we can see in our world – the killings of one another across the globe, the terror attacks, the drug scene, the prostitution and slavery – some of it not far from where we live and the cruelty of one another to one another, physically, psychologically and spiritually which happens in families, day on day. This world is full of wickedness.
What can we do to combat this. We can protect ourselves by believing that God will rescue us. He has a tendency to do this! He gave Adam & Eve grace to continue living, He told Lot (Abraham’s nephew) to leave the city of Sodom and never look back, He sent Jesus to die on the cross for you and for me. Yet, still wickedness continues – so He will send Jesus once more for the final rescue.
Between times, we can pray against evil, do what we can to minimise its affect and not allow hopelessness to be part of our lives.
The people of the Catholic faith, have a tradition of lighting a candle as part of their prayer rituals. This Autumn each time I plant a bulb, it will be for someone who is under control of wickedness. Prayers for each one to be freed and become their own person as God had intended for them. When Spring arrives and the bulbs flower I will be reminded of these prayers and know that someone has been set free.
So think clearly and exercise self-control.
Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when
Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.
2 Peter 1:13 (NLT)
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