Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Great Gardener

"'The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the LORD blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.'"
Isaiah 40:7

I don't really like this, but it's true, and most of us seldom stop to smell the roses.
They're dying... the flowers in their fields, parents on their exercise equipment, teenagers in their skinny jeans.  Everything is perishing, because we traded the glory of God for a shot at equality.

It happened in the garden where flowers are planted to grow and bloom.  Adam and Eve were deceived.   They had walked with the LORD, but it wasn't enough.  They wanted to be like Him, knowing it all, having it all, ruling it all.  We make the same mistake, because we forget ourselves.  The great gift of a word like this from the prophet, Isaiah, is that it's sobering.  Drunk on our own ambition, we need this sobering truth to bring us back to the Way, the Truth, the Life.

In another garden, on the third day, Mary went to the tomb.  Seeing it empty, her eyes filled with tears and she turned to leave, but she saw a man standing there and supposed he was the gardener, the one who tended the fading flowers.  It was and He had good news to share.  Surely the people are grass, but just as surely our God is a Great Gardener.


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