7th May 2014

Gardens 

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Galatians 3:28 (KJV) 

How do you like your garden? Do you like it regimented, all in neat straight lines? Do you prefer a lawn with pretty flower beds around the edge? Do you like trees, wild flowers, shrubs etc? Do you prefer what others call weeds, or would you like the hybrids? Oh, there’s so much to choose from and so limited space to plant in. 

I was sitting in my garden the other day and, having lived here 24 years, we have it pretty much as we like it. Our choice is lots of trees, both fruiting and ornamental; lots of shrubs and flowers, both cultivated and wild, including numerous ‘weeds’; a wild pond with newts, frogs and one fish, plus insects and water snails, as well as water-loving plants; but very little grass. It is a wild jungle of a garden with seating in various positions. I know it’s not to everyone’s taste, but I think it’s a good analogy. “For what?” you ask. 

For a very special garden God is growing and working on. He hasn’t finished it yet so we don’t know what the finished garden will look like, but there will be surely at least one of every kind—not of plants but of people, who represent the plants. It will be a place where all sorts of people will be welcome as the opening Scripture mentions. It will be a garden full of interest, including the quirky among us, me for instance! It will be a lovely garden and at the centre will be God Himself, as He will come to live with us in His unique and wonderful garden. (Revelation 21:2-3). 

I love looking at other gardens, seeing how people choose to create theirs, as well as picking up new ideas. So if you have one, what’s yours like? Could yours also be a spiritual analogy? 

Prayer
Thank you Father, for the blessing of gardens, for the opportunity to share in Your creativity. And thank You for Your new ongoing creation. We look forward to seeing the finished garden.
Amen
 

Study by Ruth Edwards

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ruthedwards2About the Author:
Ruth Edwards is actively involved in her Worldwide Church of God Bristol congregation, including editing Links, a church magazine for the congregations of the South West and South Wales area.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Bristol
Emmersons Green Village Hall
Emmerson Way
EMMERSONS GREEN
South Gloucestershire
BS16 7AP

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Allan Frankcom
Email:  jf007d9991@blueyonder.co.uk

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