“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” Genesis 2:8 KJV
The Lord gave Adam a home and a job. Adam was going to be a gardener. I have some flowerbeds. They are mostly made up of shrubs. They keep me busy, especially from around April until the end of September. The picture of the roses and hydrangeas above was taken in my back yard. They are growing right beside my patio. I enjoy working with plants. It’s nice, quiet work. The only sounds to be heard are pleasant sounds…birds and bugs. The Lord speaks to me there. He shows me the most fascinating things in simple things that illustrate spiritual things. I talk to Him about things that are on my mind and He listens, and responds in the most creative, yet useful ways.
It is the same with all types of chores. I love to grocery shop when I don’t have to hurry. I find myself thinking about family. I have some really special memories of moments with my grandmother. She knew so many secrets, and she loved to share them with me. She would point to things on the shelves and tell me which were the best. She was so happy to teach me. So when I’m at the store and I think of her, and look forward to seeing her in Heaven, I stop and thank the Lord for her and for my childhood and for Heaven. He was speaking to me through those memories, and I responded to Him. He also provides lots of friendly people to speak with there. He reminds me that smiles are contagious and often lead to fellowship with other precious people …people made in His image.
The Lord gives us homes and jobs, and He goes with us to keep us company. Some jobs are so demanding, and allow no time for talking. We might have a kind co-worker who quickly and quietly pats us on the shoulder just to let us know that they care, and we smile at them gratefully. That says so much. The Lord is with us there doing the same thing, and we quickly and quietly whisper “Thank you, Lord”, and that speaks volumes. We are prone to say that we don’t spend enough time with the Lord. If that really is true, do you think it is possible that we have made it too complicated?
The Lord is right there where you are. Enjoy that moment!
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