Huffing and puffing, I pulled out weeds and dead
undergrowth. I was working on a bank that was steep and it was easy to
slip on the dry soil. Many of the shrubs had thick, dead undergrowth
that stopped any water from reaching the soil, leaving it treacherously
The plants still seemed to be doing well but when you examined them, you could see they had deluded themselves into thinking the water they had received in the past was still flowing. Underneath, they were dried out and dying.
Only by clearing out the dead wood and letting the water through, could the plants be made to grow again.
You see, it was in a garden that dying began with ‘you will surely die.’ So it was in a garden that Jesus died, ‘At the place where Jesus was crucified there was a garden,’ (John 19:41).
But he who said, ‘I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly’ was also resurrected in a garden. It was where new life began. Remember how Mary thought Jesus was the gardener? And in a very special sense, he was because he was the original garden-maker.
Now when Jesus comes to a garden, he clears out the dead stuff. He works on loose and treacherous soil and when he clears out the delusions, he cleanses; when he gets rid of the disease, he heals; when he clears out the dying, he gives life.
And when he gives life, he gives water. When he has been to your garden everyone knows because you, too, receive the water that is life. When you have received it then you will water other gardens, John 7:38: ‘streams of living water will flow from within him.’
So … how is your garden?