The Garden Lush

     I am a teetotaler. I have never been drunk in my life. Dad did make me go into a bar the week I got engaged because he thought I needed the experience at least once before I tied the knot. I had a Coke. 

     Truthfully, I never saw the point of sitting on a stool pouring my sorrows into a glass. If I were the drinking kind that’s what I’d be doing. I’m just that addictive sort, you know. It’s good I found Jesus before I had the chance to try the other side.

    While I may never feel the need to toss one back, I do have to admit I am a garden lush. That is to say, I may not drink my sorrows away but when I am out of sorts there is nothing like ripping out a few kudzu vines or digging root holes to calm myself down. In fact for those of you who read my last post, I have to say it’s often the first step to getting out of my pajamas.

     Sometimes just the scent of the garden can take away the heebie-jeebies of life. Sitting down and drinking in the fragrance draws me closer to the Creator and the peace He has left with me.

     Then, too, there is the satisfaction of knowing you have coaxed beauty out of  the earth. I think something in man was made for that. When Adam was created his role was to tend the garden and to walk with God in its shade. 

    I do not know if Adam had stressors or not. But I am willing to bet that if he did, he did not turn to the fruit of the vine to send them packing away. I’m quite sure the sound of God’s voice above the sweet rushing waters was enough to calm even his greatest agitation.  Maybe what we need today is not more “watering holes” or pharmacies. Maybe what we need to set us right is more gardens where we can pray!

Where do you take your stress? What do you do to find relief?

10 thoughts on “The Garden Lush

  1. Pastor J,

    First of all, let me compliment you on your excellent gardening skills! It appears that you have not only two green thumbs, but eight green fingers, as well! 🙂 You have such a beautiful place of solace, where you are able to regroup, and to commune with our Savior, until things feel right in the world, again. That is awesome!

    I’m so glad you tried Jesus first! Like you, I’ve never been drunk, nor have I ever had a drink in my life. Thank God, I never smoked a cigarette either. When I’m stressed, I go to the throne of grace, to obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need! In His presence, is fullness of joy! At His right hand, there are pleasures for evermore! Music has always been a comfort to me, as well. Before becoming ill, music was a huge part of my life! The Lord still blesses me to write a song, every now and then.

    I’m so glad you have this beautiful place, which helps you to “get out of your pajamas!” God bless you, Pastor J.

    Paulette

  2. He has blessed Paulette! Thank you for your words of encouragement. I pray that God would continually give you a hding place from the storms of life!

  3. Gardening is good therapy for the soul depending on what you need at the time chopping and pruning 🙂 or just sitting among the magnificance of God’s creation. I sit outside in the morning as I do my quiet time with God taking in our beautiful backyard — I often think this is how it was intended – to spend that time with God among His creation – just as Adam and Eve walked with in the Garden of Eden. It’s amazing what it does for your soul.

    …. great pics by the way 🙂

    • Thank you Rachel! It is great therapy. To come away from the hustle and rest in the work of His hands is truly intoxicating and refreshing. I feel I here His voice so clearly in that space! Loved your last post on liberty by the way.

  4. I would love to say that every time life is hard, frustrating, exhausting that i turn to God but unfortunately i don’t always do just that. But i am learning that the longer i wait to approach God, the harder it is top release when i finally cave and realize it is Only God that can bring me through. And i have learned lately that the faith God gives me to turn to Him first brings about the deepest, most satisfying peace and strength I have ever known- when you know it is God in you working and not anything you could bring about on your own.

    • That is so true Angela. When we do turn to God in trust and thanksgiving He gives us the peace that doesn’t make sense and WOW! when we have that there is little else that can shake us. May God bring us all to the place where we rush to Him first in trouble rather than trying to figure it out ourselves! Thanks for commenting.

  5. Thank you, Pastor J

    What Rachel said.

    Your hard work is paying off. Beautiful setting! Wow…

    Makes me want to stretch out in a hammock and have a looong chat with Papa. Truly inviting… I wonder if that’s how Eve felt ?

    @Paulette :- ” green fingers” 🙂 I like!

    Blessings,
    ann

    • Ann, I am finding that the one thing we Americans really need is the ability and space to do just as you said. We need to find rest in the Lord! May God grant you your hearts desire!
      JE

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