Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Jeff Lampl

How Life is Found in the Garden
Why Kathy and I Like to Garden and How God is Behind Every One of Our Motivations 

Part 5I Can’t Get it Right

Read Romans 7:17-25  here 
“I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it . .  It happens so regularly that it’s predictable . .
I’ve tried everything and nothing helps” 

My Garden Never Turns out The Way I Want it to!!!
(read the 1st four ways that God ‘speaks’ in the garden here and here and here and here)

The apostle Paul (passage above) nailed it didn’t he?

We just can’t get things right.

Kathy and I have just finished (not really) planting our flower beds.  We’ve used rocks and a variety of flowers, we’ve mixed and matched.  We’ve used groupings and rows and planned variety in colors, sizes and shapes of flowers, plants and shrubs.  And by now I have transplanted more than half of what we originally planted.

That drives Kathy nuts.  She’s happy with what we did (but again, she, being not as spiritual as I am because I’ve been to seminary, doesn’t realize that a pursuit of gardening perfection is actually a pursuit of God’s future merger of heaven and earth)

Just last week I went back to the Amish place and purchased 6 dozen more ageratum.   And my work still doesn’t look right!!!

Yet, there is a lesson to be found in the frustration of pursuing unachievable perfection.   I recognize that I just can’t pull it off.  I re-learn the lesson of the impossibility of creating what only God can create.  I need God.  Further, my imperfect and impatient toil is also a joy because I recognize that planning and planting and arranging and weeding and watering are my ‘getting in on’ something that is on its way (1 Cor. 15:58), something that God is doing, something that can’t not arrive (double negative on purpose because I find that way of putting is pretty cool).

I “get in on it”.  That in and of itself is a huge gift.  I get in on ushering in on the Kingdom of God.  If I’m paying attention, my toil in the soil reminds me that God wants to use me, even me. 

Pray
Lord, what a thought.  You have allowed us to get in on, participate in, partner with you in ushering in not just a return to Eden’s Garden, but to be in on the creation of a New Garden, a New Creation where our meager efforts will be made whole by you.  Amen