Reading my Bible today, I had another one of those moments that brought a smile to my face. You know I used to read my Bible just putting in my time. Checking it off my list of things to do. Later I read my Bible always looking for some great revelation. Now I read my Bible to hear His voice, learn His ways, but mostly to spend time in His Presence being changed. Like Mary sitting at His feet and listening to His Words.
As I read from 1 Corinthians 3 this morning, I came across this verse.
…you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation… (1 Corinthians 3:9, Amplified)
You are God’s garden.
And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it. (Genesis 2:15, Amplified)
God instructed Adam to tend, guard and keep the garden. God does the same. God tends to, guards and keeps His garden. God tends, guards and keeps you.
I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. (John 15:1, Amplified)
I think about my own work in my garden. I watch it carefully. I inspect each plant. I watch over and enjoy each flower. I make sure my garden has enough water, enough light, enough nourishment. I watch for insects and weeds and deal with them. I watch over it, protect it, keep it. And I enjoy it.
I don’t get put out with my garden when a weed shows up. I get put out with the weeds that would try to destroy her beauty. Those things that would steal her water, her light, her nourishment.
…Take for us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards [of our love]… (Song of Solomon 2:15, Amplified)
Now may the God of peace… strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight… (Hebrews 13:20, 21; Amplified)
Yield yourself to the Vinedresser. Yield yourself to the work that God, the Creator of the Universe, is working in you, His garden. He will guard you. He will keep you. He will protect you. He will nourish you. He will water you. He will give you light. He will make you beautiful, a sight to behold, wrought by the Hand of God. He will make you pleasing in His sight. Selah.