I love to work in the garden and now that spring is here, I spend every minute I can outside. I mow the lawn, trim bushes, weed flower beds and divide perennials. I have read stories of people who had a near death experience with glimpses of heaven, where they describe it as a beautiful garden. I can only imagine what wondrous trees and flowers grow there.
Sometimes I have to dig out a dead plant, cut down a dead bush or move around other plants. Occasionally, a rose bush doesn’t make it through the winter so I have to let it go. Last year, I moved a small ornamental plum tree to another area but it didn’t last. No matter what I did, the leaves shriveled so it became firewood. The theme song of the Disney movie “Frozen” echoes in my mind: Let it go. New flowers get planted. (if there is room but I make the room! ) Letting go is part of life. In the garden, it gives me the opportunity to redesign a new flower bed. Recently, my husband helped me dig out a small sapling that was growing next to a fence. I found room for it on the side of the house. Just two feet high, it is still alive in its new home.
A maple and elm tree stand guard on either side of the yard, planted from three foot saplings thirty five years ago. They came from my childhood backyard and are a testament to hope. I spend as many hours as I can in my garden. It feeds my soul. Also, it’s a good way to work out some frustrations by digging in the soil. Gardening teaches me patience as I have to learn to work with the space I have. Occasionally, I give away some perennials, hostas or phlox, and can see how much lighter the garden feels.
Yesterday, I read a passage in the book, “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. She wrote about Jesus discussing “glimpses of heaven while you reside on earth… part of My original design for mankind. I want you to walk with Me in the garden of your heart, where I have taken up permanent residence.” The same day I come across the lyrics someone posted on Facebook to “In the Garden”, an old song based on scripture (John 20; 15-16) How many signs do I need to see before I realize Who is trying to communicate with me? Where do you find your glimpses of heaven?
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