Varieties of floral gardens are endless, and their purposes distinct to each enthusiast. Often, the garden provides an oasis for the thirsty soil-loving plant lover. For others, gardens represent a refuge or sanctuary for a weary soul. Still for others who tend the earth, they are vivid reminders of God’s creative art work filtered through their fingers. Limited only by one’s imagination and skills, life-giving seeds are cultivated seasonally and at times under adverse conditions throughout the world. The garden—where life’s top soil facade can be blown away—where the inner layers of worries exposed—and where the hidden secret garden of the heart rejuvenated.
Thoughts waft in the silence of the moments sealed with His peace and wooed by His Presence in the garden of the heart. “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your Presence (enclosed garden) is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11
Even Christ retreated regularly to a quiet garden plot for intimacy with His heavenly Father, attentive to direction, receiving comfort and interceding for mankind without worldly distractions. His time alone—away from the crowds—a much-needed spiritual and physical refreshment. His beloved Garden, where the silence of one night was disturbed by the huge moving bolder.
“Then took they the body of Jesus and wound it in linen clothes with the spices as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ Preparation Day; for the sepulcher was nigh at hand.” John 19:40-42.
Did you know gardens can tell a story or even reveal someone’s personality? I’m a straight
row type of dirt digger. Just give me those railroad ties, treated landscape timbers, or even loblolly pine trunks for edging and defining my four-foot wide beds of black gold, and I’m ready get on my knees. It’s time to “get down and get dirty” as Felder Rushing says on his weekly program, The Gestalt Gardener.
You’ll never find any wandering flower or vegetable bed in my straight-laced yard. Nope, only perfectly ordered, organized, parallel lineups of straight rows. It’s bowling lane ready. What about weed control in such a tidy arrangement of gardening perfection? In my garden—unheard of! My hands callused from hours of hand-pulling the intruders as proof.
Gardens are an expression of self, an intimately inner connected area, where artistic expressions abound for harvesting. Whether it’s a patch of dirt between two inner city buildings, or whether it’s a prairie meadow of wildflowers, these promised grounds of cultivating floral opportunities provide solace and rejuvenation for us all. I pray your garden—whatever form it manifests—will breathe out heavenly fragrances. Song of Solomon 4:16.Minter Gardens Display or Show Garden Chilliwack, British Columbia,Canada Queen Elizabeth Park A World-Class Public Space Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Sunken Gardens Annual Floral Display Garden Lancaster County, Lincoln, Nebraska Sunken Gardens Annual Floral Display Garden Lancaster County, Lincoln, Nebraska Garvan Woodland Gardens Botanical Garden Hot Springs, Arkansas Garvan Woodland Gardens Botanical Garden Hot Springs, Arkansas Now this is my kind of GARDEN Greetsiel, Ostfriesland, Germany (North Sea area) Thanks for resting a bit with me. Be sure to visit www.corinthrose.com for more floral beauties.