“Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.”
This is my garden.
Well, part of it.
It’s been a work in progress for over 20 years. I plan. I plant. I dig up. I replant. I weed. I trim, prune, and train. I fertilize.
I hope and dream.
It’s a lot of work. I started out small, one project at a time as I could manage it.
And it has become an oasis, my own Garden of Eden, a thing of beauty and healing and peace, a place I’m proud to show to guests.
And it reminds me of another garden.
A garden for two.
We invested in our fledgling relationship. We said ‘I do’, and promised each other forever.
Then we got to work.
We planted. We weeded. We ripped up and tried again. We weeded and struggled and hoped and dreamed and raised our babies and planted and watered and –
Thirty years in, it has become something of value. Something beautiful, a place to showcase God’s love and work in hearts when two people decide to grow something together.
It wasn’t beautiful all at once.
There were things that needed trimming out – selfishness. Pride. Stubbornness. Habits that served us better as singles than a couple.
There were times that were rough and hard and ended up becoming fertilizer to help our relationship grow even stronger.
There was a lot of give and take – it takes practice and intention for two very different people to carve out their own path and create a home that is unified and unique from the roots of two very different origins.
I’m so very grateful for my partner in this whole gardening scheme we have going on. I’m so thankful for a patient God who has worked wonders in my own stubborn soul.
I’m so thankful for the garden we have tended for these thirty years…
I love that God has planted a marriage that has provided so much joy for so long. Oh, we’ve had our rough patches. We all do. There are pests and diseases and weeds in a marriage, just like there are in a physical garden.
But the work has been worth it.
Tend to your own relationships as if they were gardens with me?
Father, thank You for the partner You designed for me. Thank You that with time, hard work, and prayer, a marriage can grow and flourish just as beautifully as a garden! Bless and protect our marriages as we invite Your presence into our midst. Amen.