A simple reflection on the garden
I was on my porch enjoying my morning tea on a glorious summer morning with my garden before me. I couldn’t help but marvel at the lush bounty of it all. Full green plants bending under the weight of their fruit and all in drastic contrast to the drought afflicted yard surrounding it.
I had the clear and simple thought that it truly was not the work of my hands. Yes I did my part. I was responsible for the backbreaking hours of work preparing, planting and maintaining but no amount of sweat equity, all by itself, could produce all that life.
God gives glory to our work but He does expect us to work. I have learned that trusting in His providence and goodness does not mean that we sit back and hope He will get it all done. It does mean that we do all we are humanly capable of while recognizing and understanding we are not ultimately in control.
This is especially obvious in regards to human life. God has allowed us, out of Love and Respect, to participate with Him in His ministry and His creation.
He allows us to create His creation!
So on a fundamental level we must recognize that all life comes from Him and not from ourselves alone. It’s like He’s given us a great big Lego set of life. We build and create with it but ultimately can’t take credit for designing the Legos.
And the design possibilities are simply limitless when we allow God to have a hand in our work.
Cor. 9:10 “The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”
As people of God’s creation we are the work of His hands and at the same time the result of human industry. When we fail to give proper glory to the creator, the true author of all life, we limit ourselves. But when creator and created intertwine we are limitless for “All things are Possible with God” (Mt. 19:26).
It is impossible then to see the truth of LIFE – that is, the beauty and the splendor and the glory of all life, any life, every single human life no matter their state or condition – separate from the divine power that allowed it’s creation and gives it glory. To separate the divine creator from human creation is to blind ourselves!
When we look at life as a product merely of our own will and our own actions and our own entitlement to create then we imagine ourselves equally entitled to destroy. It is in appreciating that creation truly belongs to God and we are His co-creators striving to do His will, only then, apart from ourselves, can we grasp the true sanctity of life.
And once we grasp the true sanctity of life, only then can we protect it; in our hearts, in our relationships, with our laws and more broadly, as a society.
I planted mere SEEDS. No amount of my effort or will could turn those seeds into the bounty of a garden. I had no part in what took place beneath the soil. I couldn’t force the seedlings to break ground. I could not force them to become healthy plants or to flower or to produce fruit.
That is all, quite simply, the handiwork of God.
At the moment I put those seeds in the soil I was giving God my fiat. I agreed to allow Him to create through me. I signed up for all the work it would take to nurture His creation, to take care of it, to make Him proud and to give Him honor and thanksgiving. I agreed to help bring His vision to fruition and He agreed to help me do it.
His vision is always to spoil us with His bounty.
His vision is to give us Life.
Lord we pray you will open all hearts and minds to Life! We thank you and praise you always for your bounty! Amen