At home my family keeps many beautiful gardens where we enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. I garden vegetables (I like to smell the herbs and eat vegetables fresh off the vine) and my wife is a flower gardener. We have a butterfly and hummingbird garden, rose gardens, and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the shade, the scents, the birds and butterflies.
But guess what: We seldom do that. I am constantly trying to save the tender shoots of new vegetables from choking weeds, grubs, and other pests. When our work allows us the luxury of sitting in the garden shade for a few minutes, we are usually driven away by heat, humidity, mosquitoes, and bees. Winter often feels like a backhanded relief from those stress-relieving hobbies!
When God created the earth, with Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, all of it was good. But something has gone awry. Since then, all of history has been moving toward the restoration of that good creation. Can you imagine a place where we would actually enjoy our gardens— without the work of weeding and the constant annoyance of insects? That would be the best place ever!
Prayer: Thank You Lord, for creating all things and for loving me so much that You made a plan to restore Your good creation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
As We Wait: Make a list of 10 things you are thankful for. Then thank God, Creator of everything, for all of them!