A Life Analogy: God's Character In The Garden

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Life Lessons From The Garden- We All Need Love

Some people may think I'm strange but God and I have this thing going on in my garden. It's a relationship that started revealing itself to me many years ago. It's about Love, Understanding, and most of all - listening to Gods voice.

I happen to learn many valuable lessons in my garden, besides things like just pulling weeds, planting, pruning or sowing seeds. I learn about Gods character and how peoples lives resemble that which grows in my little patch of Earth.

One of those lessons came to me this afternoon when I was at my business. A young man, I'll call him him Tony for the sake of anonymity, happened to come to visit me - out of the blue. Tony has had a checkered past, to say the least. At one time he stayed with us when he was homeless, and my husband and I tried to help Tony get a job and get back on his feet.

This was about 3 years ago - so fast forward to today-

Tony showed up today and he still looked the same, but I could tell there was something different about him now- he had a more mature and positive outlook on life. He had done some "growing up". His circumstances had improved, but he was still having life challenges like we all face at different junctions of our life: career transition- life kind of stuff.

Which brings to me why his visit catapulted me back to my garden:

I thought back to 3 years ago when Tony stayed at our house and worked for a little while at our business. I had gone out and purchased a bunch of bulbs to plant in pots outside my business. At the time I did this we actually had 5 "displaced" people staying in my home- Tony being one of them, all "kids " under the age of 20-

We were doing an outreach to these kids to try to help them get back on track in their life, and our home and our business was to serve as a sort of a "springboard"- for what we hoped would be a positive influence in their life.

So about the bulbs I had bought-

I actually got all of my "kids" interested in planting the bulbs and I told them all that the bulbs represented themselves and that they needed to help me care for them. Well, needless to say, just like most moms, I was the one that ended up taking the most care of the bulbs, but they all enjoyed watching them grow.(They did help me plant them and water them at random times) They would also check on their growth periodically and even had "bets" to see who's flowers would grow the fastest and the largest.

As time went on these "Kadults" (Kid+Adults), as I like I like to call them, eventually went their separate ways and moved to different areas.

Although they all went their different ways, the bulbs have remained with me, and so has my love and hopes for these bright and sometimes needy kids. Not a week goes by that I don't usually get to hear from one of them , in one fashion or another. Sometimes they just "pop in" like Tony did, other days they text me just to say "I love you", other days they are challenging me to take on new and creative endeavors.

So today as I watered my garden, I looked at the bulbs that were growing with a new-found attention. I realized that somehow, somewhere, a connection with God had been made with these kids through the planting of those bulbs- that God, in His infinite love, was watching them-and that a seed had been planted in their hearts those 3 years ago, and that no matter what happened- that love between us could never be taken away from them or me.

So even though the bulbs will die back eventually, I know that they will re-emerge in the coming years, just like my "Kadults" will -perhaps a little unshapely some years, perhaps a little less colorful other years, perhaps even reproducing some years and fading back in others, perhaps, because I know how life is, some years some of them may not come back. Just like the ebb and flow of life, people can take different growing paths, just like our plants do. Some may need to be pruned more than others, some may need a little extra water, a little more sunshine, a bigger pot or maybe even a new yard to be planted in.

Whatever the outcome of these "Kadults", I know that God has touched their hearts and mine, through the simple gift of a bulb.

Another life lesson learned in the Garden of Life.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

Dorsi,

Wonderful Hub from a fellow Hubber who "takes in strays." These are experiences we will always remember aren't they. I love the garden analogy. Life began in a garden and continues to flourish there... Thanks for the inspirational words.


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stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California

Very Inspiring!

I enjoyed reading your hub very much. Powerful analogies. Thanks


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jonixk 8 years ago from Lisbon

What can i say that hasn't been told...you article is a great great great job. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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Raven King 8 years ago from Cabin Fever

Good positive hub!


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Thank you everyone for the encouraging words- I love to write about my "Kadults"- they've been a blessing to me in so many ways!


Nickie 8 years ago

Is it not wonderful how the Lord works through us to spread a little joy and help shape the lives, whether young adults, children, the homeless, the handicapped etc. You are blessed Dorsi. What life has thought me is that in the end we need those we help as much as they need us. They keeps us connected to God.


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C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

Yes we do have a lot in common! C.S. Alexis


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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

What a lovely hub! I have a sign in my garden, that my mom gave me years ago, that says...the kiss of the sun for laughter, the song of the birds for mirth, on is nearer God's heart in the garden than anywhere else on earth....sounds like you intuitively know this lesson....great!


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marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

Hi Dorsi, I just found this hub and I truly love a garden. my husband and I, now in the storage business in Fla, are planning to go back to our roots in Okla and dig in the warm soil of our home state, making a simpler life for us both. Gardening is truly good for the soul, as you have so eloquently pointed out. =)) Thank you for this well written hub and story.

Maybe this comment will throw it back into circulation - sorry I was so late in reading it!!


SirDent 7 years ago

I enjoyed reading this and am glad Marisue found it. The love of God surpasses all understanding and is for everyone. God has taught me many lessons through natures' ways and I can understand what you are saying here.

Kudos to you Dorsi. I appreciate your writing.


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drpastorcarlotta 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

WHAT A GREAT HUB!!! PRAISE GOD!!! BLESSINGS TO YOU MY FRIEND!! YOUR A GREAT PERSON AND I AM HONORED TO BE IN YOUR FAN CLUB!!!!!!!!!


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Dorsi,

I read this because you used my ALL TIME FAVORITE LINE, It Is All About The Love. My garden was trashed by the flood this late summer but before the frost laid it to rest, the strawberries were greening up and a bunch of dill was sprouting everywhere. It was under nasty water for 6 days running. It left me with inspiration, for hope has no limitation and faith grows in my garden. Happy New Year to you.


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roastedpinebark 7 years ago from Iowa

wow, its funny that i was just about to say what C.S.Alexis said: It's all about the love. I thought this was a great site, thanks for posting it : )


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

That's a beautiful story, Dorsi. I remember a little poem I've seen on garden signage:

The kiss of the sun for laughter

The song of the birds for mirth

You are nearer to God in a garden

Than anywhere else on the earth

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