Tending Our Garden……

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it. (Genesis 2:15)

To really understand God’s Word, you and I see should see ourselves as every person in Scripture. The Bible was not only written to us but about us. On any given day we can easily see ourselves in the stories.

Some days we are the Jewish man who was beaten and left for dead on the side of the road to Jericho. Other days we are the priest and Temple assistant who saw him there but didn’t want to be “late to church,” so we hurry past on the far side of the road. Still other days, we are the Samaritan who stops and lifts the man up. We take him home, pay his bills, and tell him not to worry anymore about it. Depending upon the day and the circumstances, you and I have the capacity to be any one of the people in the story.

At the beginning God gave Adam a beautiful garden to tend. It was filled with trees and fruits and plants, with streams running throughout. Adam’s job was simply to tend the Garden. He wasn’t asked to do great things that would change the world; he was simply asked to watch over the ground in front of him.

God has given you and me a garden as well. With the weather as it is at the time of writing, most of you will have been spending time in it. It is ours to till and to keep and to watch over. My garden consists of a wife and three children. We have a small plot of land, with a house that keeps us warm and dry. This is the garden God has given us, and it’s our job to protect it, to watch it, to work it daily. Not just when the sun is out.

You’ve been given a garden as well, and God expects you to tend it, just as he expected Adam to tend to his. God has not asked us to change the world. He’s asked only that we keep our garden. That we plant and toil and work the things within our sphere of influence to the best of our ability.

It’s so easy to get caught up in thoughts of doing great and mighty things for God. We want to make an impact on the world, so we set our sights high and far. But God is the One who decides when it’s time to expand our garden. Our role is to simply tend to the task at hand—to sow our seeds daily, water the land freely, and watch as God makes it grow and flourish.

Where do you see yourself in this parable of Jesus? Which character can you most readily relate to?

I open my heart to let you in, O Lord; and since my capacity is small, I pray that it may be enlarged, that I may miss nothing that is possible. By love and faith, by patience and suffering, enlarge my heart, that it may be filled with all the fullness of God.

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