Despite the chaos, beauty grows within the wild.
“I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock” (John 10:16)
It is true, some of our plants have disease, rot and are in danger of death.
But blight just gives an an opportunity to B- LIGHT.
“Blessed are you who mourn, for you will be comforted.” Luke 6:24
From our neighbor’s point of view, all we are growing are thorns and unkempt horrors.
“When this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!”(Luke 15:30)
Many are concerned that our wild garden will surround and engulf their cultivated garden.
But they don’t see the beauty that grows, even thrives in the wild garden.
The wild garden and the cultivated one can live side by side.
“In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.” (2 Timothy 2:20)
We carefully cultivate our wild garden, encouraging the best fruit to be produced.
We water, feed, and provide a place to grow, but it is God and the plants themselves that provide the fruit.
We just provide the context.
“Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.” (I Corinthians 3:7)
Sometimes we get a surprise visitor.
This visitor may seem alarming at first– will they cause harm to the plants, or will they help?
In the end, the visitor becomes another that we feed and cultivate.
“The man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him.” (Mark 5:18)
We look carefully and we find nourishment has grown.
Every plant has their own joy to bring to the community.
“Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Despite the struggle, despite the stress, despite the occasional pain,
the beauty of life of each plant is worth it.
“In Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near.” (Ephesians 2:13)