Spring has come. On the calendar at least. We have turned back the clocks, the days have gotten a bit longer, and the weather has brought some springlike days. Not all of them are yet springlike, as some days bring a reminder of winter hanging on.
It’s the time we begin to think about our lawns, planting some flowers, and the mowing of the grass.
It’s the time we think about gardening and the perfect time to return to the garden.
The Garden of Eden. A garden in all perfection. No weeds. Beautiful fruit and flowers.
“Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9, NASB)
The tree of life. Not much is known about it. We know it stood in the middle of the garden.
I’ve been looking for a hint of our trees blooming. Slight shades of red or green can be seen as the teeniest amount of budding begins. It breathes hope that even the coldest of temperatures during the winter cannot prevent the cycle of growth.
The tree of life, mentioned in the beginning of our Bibles, is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation. I notice this in the margin of my Bible.
To the church of Ephesus, Jesus says:
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7, NASB)
Down through the ages, God’s people have been journeying through all sorts of situations and challenges. The tree that was off limits in the beginning, will one day be granted to all who have overcome, and they will enjoy the fruit.
We press forward, holding onto God’s Word and promises given to us. We move forward, living out our days, and trusting Him to give us strength to persevere and overcome. He pours out His grace and mercy, filling our hearts with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:14, NASB)
Reflecting on all of this and these Scriptures, I am reminded of this season we are in. Not the spring season, but the season of Lent. The time of reflecting on the sacrifice our Savior made for each of us. And the words come …
The mercy tree,
is the tree of life,
giving life to all who come.
Corrie Ten Boom brought many memorable lessons for us all. Katherine Pasour shares of one such lesson on the importance of always be thankful. Read her post, “When it’s hard to be thankful” HERE.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.