From the desk of Lauren Palmer
Can I tell you something about myself you might find odd? I am absolutely intrigued with the Garden of Eden, like the original one from the book of Genesis. It is only described briefly, but I like to think those few sentences about the Garden of Eden give us a small glimpse into how the world was created to be, before the fall.
The author of the book of Genesis is thought to be Moses, and in that book, (Genesis 2:8-10, 15) Moses states,
“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground–trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food…A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters…The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
How interesting that the only details we are given about Eden is that 1.) there were plants, 2.) there was water, and 3.) man’s job was to work there. Nature, water, man, and God were all present in Eden, working together in harmony.
It is this knowledge that brings a sense of purpose and accomplishment when I water my plants. I don’t claim to be a gardener, (although it does hold a special place in my heart) but the task of watering plants makes me think I’m fulfilling one of the original duties we were given back in the garden, like I am fulfilling God’s initial commission. Time spent watering plants is a meaningful and intentional way of engaging in life. Watering plants is tangible, not digital. Watering plants brings mindfulness, not autopilot. Watering plants is simple, not chaotic. And watering plants reminds us that we, too, are meant to rely on a caretaker. The Caretaker.
Truly, I hope this doesn’t sound stupid, but can I encourage you to get a plant if you don’t have one? Can I encourage you to start taking some time every day or so to enjoy watering it? Reread the 2nd chapter of Genesis and think about it or pray while watering. It’s just nature, water, you, and God all present, working together.
[FYI: If the location of your garden hose or size of your watering can is an issue, fix it. I purchased several of these stretchy garden hoses to make watering more easy for me. I also love this little watering can and mister that sit out in my house for smaller house plants.]
Happy watering, friends. And I hope in the midst of the misting, you too are rejuvenated.
photo credit: Patrizia Montanari
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