The Marriage Garden
The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. (Genesis 2:8)
Recently, while preparing to teach a Bible study in October entitled, “Going Deeper in God,” I felt the Lord lead me to a very interesting place in life; the Garden of Eden. For it was in the Garden where God first formed man, then woman. Not only does the “Garden” represent the very Genesis (Beginning) of life but the first union of two human beings; male and female.
Can you imagine what it must have been like for Adam and Eve to live in a Garden that Creator God perfectly created and designed? It had to be absolutely breath-taking in every possible aspect. Foliage as green as green can be. Flowers as lovely as flowers can be. Trees as beautiful as trees can be. River water as crystal as crystal can be. Temperature as perfect as perfect can be. Animals as peaceful as peaceful can be. The absolute pinnacle of Perfection in every manner. Yet; we all know the story. Something went wrong. Something went terribly array. Peace and Perfection were taken over by thorns and weeds which could also be interpreted as Pride and Fear…Pride to “know more” and “Fear” to “hide from God;: their loving Heavenly Creator. How sad for this once sinless, thriving, and loving first couple on planet Earth. Yet; we also know the rest of the story. God, in his infinite Love reached down from Heaven’s portal and offered both of them Grace and Mercy.
Today, I feel that each time a man and a woman marry, they are given their very own Garden to design, toil, work, and develop. Together, they both sow seeds that can bring forth either a bumper crop of goodness, kindness, love, mercy, generosity, and Joy, or they can sow seeds of selfishness, self-centeredness, discord, distrust, dishonesty, failure, and even doom. The choice is ours to make. I realized as I continued to ponder upon this concept that in thirty-nine years of marriage, my husband and I have actually sown both types of seeds…Good and Bad…Just like all the other married couples living on planet Earth, past and present, have done. But, it also made me realize that I want to make even better choices to sow more kinder, more giving, more loving seeds, because I want my Marriage Garden to be strong, healthy, thriving, flourishing, and welcoming for as long as we both shall live…Ahh…what a sweet and loving thought; and a healthy perspective.
Today, you and I can choose to build a more healthy, loving Marriage Garden by surrendering our selfishness, self-centeredness, “it’s all about me” attitudes, and an unwillingness to compromise, love, and forgive…These types of seeds only bring about thorns and unwanted weeds that can take days, months, or perhaps even years to pull out, dig up, and do away with. So, I encourage you to walk in kindness, talk in kindness, show and demonstrate acts of kindness that will help your Marriage Garden to thrive on Love, Mercy, Joy, Happiness, and Godliness…Then, we, too, can say that we know something of what it feels like to live in a blissful Garden created by Creator God, the Marriage Garden! Amen…
Remember, God Loves You
Lin T Rollins, Author