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THE GARDEN OF LIFE

 “The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping healthy too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”  Isaiah 58:11 NLT

Often when we read a verse like this we may feel encouraged especially if we are going through a dry spell in our journey.  In its context, Isaiah had just delivered a Word from God concerning their false worship and their self-centered living.  I am always amazed of God’s dealings with us. His mercy even to this day triumphs over His judgment. [1]

Here is what I have come to understand about my garden of life and how this verse applies.  When I approach all of life with the assurance that God does guide me, I believe He sees the soil of my heart and decides what to plant.  He knows exactly what I need to have a garden that is productive for the Kingdom. 

Perhaps the many people I have had contact with or even formed relationships with through my years of this journey were planted there.  Many have touched my life with love and I have been blessed.  I hope that I may in some way done the same for them as I was in their garden for a season.  Others have touched my life with judgment, criticism, and perhaps even rejection.  Even so, His grace has given the ability to endure and rise above whatever and whoever has touched my life.  All have produced opportunities for grown.

Seeing our life as a garden and embracing that the One who tends our garden allows the work of the Holy Spirit to produce what God is looking for.  His desire is that the fruitfulness of our garden of life takes on the characteristics of Jesus.  

When Jesus was teaching about being the true vine, He referred to His Father as the Gardener.[2]  At creation God placed the first living souls of humanity in a garden. He created us for His pleasure and He enjoys walking in our garden and watering us so that we are healthy, growing, and flowing with the life He intends for us to have.

Gardens that are well tended are productive.  Letting God be the One who plants, waters, and even weeds when necessary, is the best and safest way to journey through this life. 

(From my book "Reflections")

~~~~From my Heart to yours~~~~Andrea