God is a Gardener - Garden Analogy
One reason that we, the human race, turn to religion is the belief that something greater than ourselves exists which molds, nurtures and challenges us. The moving thought that somewhere in the ether is an omniscient being who loves and created us motivates billions of people to worship in many different ways.
Given that the Creator, under whatever name or face you give It, is by definition a perfect and all-powerful being, you would think that we, mere humans, are also perfect, right? Wrong! Wouldn't it be boring if you were an avid gardener and all your flowers grew perfectly all the time? Sure would, half the fun of a garden is getting in there with your hands and tools and prying weeds, rocks, debris and the like out of the way of your precious plants. The same goes for our Creator. God is a Gardener of the highest caliber and skill, and we humans are the plants.
Preparing the Garden
In order to provide us with a perfect garden, the Creator had to cultivate the proper soil, nutrients and food for his plants. This required some effort, some work. So, God populated a planet of His own design with all manner of flora and fauna, so his plants would be well nurtured, healthy and strong. The sun was created to warm and invigorate his plants, as well as display the beauty of His creation.
Planting the Seed
Now that the garden was ready for His plants, God had to sow the seeds. With the creation of Adam and Eve, He set in motion the filling of His garden. It took a very long time for the seeds to grow and spread, but soon by His reckoning, the garden was full of plants of all shapes and colors.
Watering the Garden
Every plant needs watering, encouragement beyond food to mature and flourish. God watered His plants by sending His only Son to be amongst them, uplifting their spirits and drawing them toward the sunlight and God's eyes.
Pruning the Garden
To remain healthy, all plants must be kept free of dead limbs, sickly leaves or flowers, and given an opportunity to recover. This is not an easy task for any devoted gardener, much less God. He knows, though, that his plants need it, and so He prunes His garden through measures which whittle away all that is evil from His garden.
The Gardener Loves the Garden
Through all His efforts, the Creator tends His garden with a loving hand. No plant, be it a sapling or a great redwood, is beneath His ministrations. With every sunrise and rainstorm, the Gardener of Creation tirelessly ensures the continued beauty of His plants. In return, His plants love Him, in all His forms.