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. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17 NIV)
A very good friend of mine walked with me in a park. We looked at the design and layout of the park. We considered various aspects of the park. It was remarkably well kept and a beautiful place. That did not come naturally. That required honing, crafting, shaping, nurturing and ongoing monitoring. In short it required cultivating. Benefits derived from proper cultivation.
Fruit did not just appear, it was specifically located to be able to flourish due to wise placement by God and committed cultivation by God’s commissioned caretakers on earth. It’s about the tree, where it’s located, how the fruit is monitored, how to know the right season for action and waiting. Considerate cultivation culminates in fruit that lasts.
You don’t need a garden or have ‘green fingers’ to appreciate what is at stake. You do need to acknowledge what garden you are strategically placed in and move in the light of the one who put you there.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden