There Care Gardens series that form part of the Care Africa movement project, could not be completed without including The Garden of God’s heart. But where do I start? So I came across this GPS (God’s Positioning Scripture) at Genesis 2:8-10, and that’s where I’ll start. It is a marvellous piece of writing using great economy of words and descriptions that beckon the imagination to draw near. Apart from that, the scene is set for God to delight in His garden. In fact I heard it said that Eden means “delight”. And note that a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads – a rich place of mineral deposits, with which God could work to form mankind from the dust. When you think of God’s garden you will have to think big, think high, think deep, think wide and think big provision. His garden is Big.
“The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads.”
In the garden of God’s heart, apart from all the wonders of His creation, and the magnificent works of His hands, there are two trees – the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the Tree of life – from these two trees the story of mankind unfolds. And your story and my story are written within His story, a story within a story you may say!
He has set His story in a garden, and written a book about it. He picks up on a theme of a people He has called and develops the story through a man named Abraham, the father of a faith-people in the making, using faith words of course, because God lives in the realm of faith. What is faith you may ask? Well it is described as this :
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
His garden is a “now place”, a living ever growing faith garden, and His river of love waters it.
You may have become intrigued by the story, go read further for yourself in the Old Testament of the Bible. It may take you many years of reading before you can put the pieces of the story together, but it is a Living Book and a life long read A history of a people that have great men who do miraculous feats, jam packed actions of kings and wars and nations, mysteries and rich rich wisdom and insights in understanding the condition of the human heart, revelations of things deep and dark secrets, reserved for those who like to seek things out. Truly greatness on every level.
Just when you think you’ve heard and read it all, the story dramatically changes and turns inside out, and now it gets very personal, for it begins to effect the garden of your own heart. The New Testament, the Gospel of Jesus Christ – the good news for all of mankind – leads one heaven-bound to a garden where Peace reigns. God has set His love on you and me by sending His son Jesus Christ to call you back into His garden, into His story, where He wants to be the Gardener of your heart, and make all things new and wonderful in and through you. The story of Jesus, turns deep into the soul, the spirit and the mind, – God’s mind !
When you ask Jesus into your heart, you become the garden of God’s heart. The place where God dwells, a veritably garden of Eden – God’s Delight – yes you, and me.
Join the Care Africa movement project,
Plant a garden in your yard – put a few (or many) vegetable seeds in the soil, nurture, water and watch them grow.
Plant a garden in your heart – read the Bible every day, meditate on the words you read and watch yourself grow.
If you want to send me a photo of your gardens, perhaps I can make a gallery of gardens on my Blog at https://caresafoundation.wordpress.com/