This afternoon I keep having this mental picture in my head about a garden… A fresh blooming garden.
And suddenly was reminded by the Shack movie released earlier this year. There’s this particular scene in the movie, Where Sarayu (the holy Spirit) shows Mack a messy garden. “The garden is full of colors, herbs, flowers, plants. Mack describes it as a “chaos in color”…”confusing, stunning, and incredibly beautiful… Sarayu gently says “this garden is You Mackenzie.”
This is a picture of us sometimes, where our garden seems out of control. Where the herb section is situated to the lavender section, Where we can’t find cherry tomatoes in just bunch of rotten tomatoes or most of the times our weeds are more evident than our crops. This transformation, just like no other, needs real hard look to what our life Our Garden looks like… I encourage you to see what I mean for yourself to really have a good look on things a vivid reflection on what pulsates when we talk about GARDEN, connection, people, areas we feel locked up.. As we press onto hard truths…. this is where real healing begins, and also this is where GRACE AND TRUTH march in.
This year though I’ve witnessed the evils of cancer. I’ve seen people buckle under financial hardship. This has been one of the most painful surrenders I’ve been privileged to give to love. And I’ve experienced my own series of heartbreaking events and finding wholeness in Jesus. Events that caused me to ask difficult questions too like how’s my garden really?! Show me Holy Spirit, show me the real me, the true self, what’s the condition of my own garden.. my garden its like a jumbled narratives, the breathtaking twists of branches, flowers and pottery with different colors and all sorts of squirrel jumping in my garden ( I mean just wave of emotions and thoughts).
As the Holy Spirit is showing me how my garden looks like it teaches me patience and genuine humility. The holy spirit dig on weeds and encumbrances of falsehood, sin, pain, loss, and just canyon of terrible sadness. And some destructive patterns that needed to be addressed. To let those unhealed parts in our life to not to just simply bury them in the deep soil but to be seen in the light, to let those pain be processed. This is where Grace and truth walks hand in hand.. Helping us to exit in our alleys of shame… I don’t know about you? But have you felt like you buried all your deep sorrow in the soil of nothingness? They say love heals all wounds.. But is love the only ingredient to aid the darkest corners of our soul? Does love fight the costliest war? How do we be susceptible to compassion while refusing to coddle destructive patterns in people’s lives? How do we create a healthy environment for our garden to thrive….These are just hard questions that I want to dig hard on my own garden..
I believe truth HANDS out Love.
Truth shows us the reality of what’s going on in our garden. Truth is the acceptance that there is a problem that needed to be addressed but truth does not protest to cut down the weeds easily: This is what I’m learning in my own life and walk, Sometimes in our desperation we WILL yell “cut it down” we end up not partnering with truth nor grace . Because Truth calls out our hurts that keep our soil cluttered while grace is the fertilizer that fuel’s us what we need to keep on growing and changing…
The gardener who certainly symbolizes our Lord, with His grace points out dead branches in our lives that are not bearing fruit, the cutting is painful often times necessary. It’s not a punishment to make us realize how bad we are but actually a love gesture by our father, He gently fertilizes us with His grace, He is gentle in His pruning but doesn’t necessarily mean it will not hurt. No anesthesia is prescribed in the cutting, But along the process of facing the truth fan by His grace..He will not certainly let us bleed to death but His grace aids us. He is a soothing balm of Gilead.
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
( John 15 : 1-4)
Another way how we see the GARDEN.
“The garden of Eden” itself is a picture of a redemptive moment with God, where Adam and Eve ate the fruit that is forbidden for them, I know that God knows that it would hurt to know and experience knowing EVIL. God moved immediately to protect us from being in a state of eternal isolation, to protect us from eternal pain, HE made a plan to redeem us. GENESIS 3;15 The woman’s offspring would eventually crush the serpents head. A promise fulfilled in Christ’s victory over satan. If you are reading this, I believe in you, I believe that the father can redeem all your pain, the redeemptive power of Christ, to wash away deep seated wounds by His overwhelming Love, to guide us into wholeness…I believe in stillness, I believe God speaks in a heart that is stilled.
It is only in that stillness that we can hear the whisper of God. I hope you met Him in your garden of stillness today.
With all that has been said Beloved, How do you see your garden today beloved? Ask the Holy spirit to show you things, Are there things to remove in your garden and things to add up on!? Does your garden been wiped away by a storm? Have you planted bitterness, sorrow and unforgiveness? Or have you planted seeds of Love, Kindness, and Compassion.!? Are there things in your garden that you need the garderner to make his way on it!? as we love and protect our Garden. MY PRAYER is that God will give us maturity and knowledge to move in to the NEW : NEW JOY AND HOPE! That HE will redeem our Garden. As He always are. Always remember you are beautiful dear one. Your garden is crafted with sheer masterpiece. You’ll wake up one day your garden is on full bloom. You never arrived yet, no one ever does. Everyday is a single encounter with the gardener, just one day at a time beloved.. Let him love you that way. . . .
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