Meeting God in the Garden

Welcome to my new blog series, Meeting God in the Garden. For the next six weeks, I hope to inspire you with the spiritual lessons I’ve learned in the past 25+ years of gardening.  First, let’s take a virtual stroll through my gardens.

Main flowerbed

Butterfly garden

Front flowerbed

Rock garden

Iris bed

My raised beds for veggies, herbs, and flowers

Cutting flower bed

My orange tree and asparagus ferns on the “bird” porch

Hanging basket on the bird porch

Front porch containers

Don’t let these photos fool you.  Each photo was taken when the gardens met one or more of these conditions:

  • at their prime flowering or production
  • recently weeded and dead-headed
  • well-watered (not in the dog days of August)
  • properly fertilized
  • not pest-damaged

It takes a LOT OF WORK to help my gardens look their best. It requires lots of learning, patience, and energy to have healthy, productive gardens.

Yet, the reason gardening is my favorite hobby can be summed up in this quote by Edna St. Vincent Millay:

God, I can push the grass apart and lay my finger on Thy heart.

When I’m working in my gardens, I feel a pull toward Eden. I sense the unlocking of a deep code within my core, a strand of DNA passed down through thousands of generations, all the way from Eve. I can only imagine her pure joy in that perfect garden. Her great pleasure in exploring its beauty and depth. Her wonder at God’s handiwork and her satisfaction in caring for his creation.

The garden is where Eve first met God. And I meet Him there too, every time I pull a weed, pick a tomato, or deadhead a spent flower. Even in my transient, flawed garden which is only a faint shadow of Eden, I sense God’s presence.

I learn about His provision, timing, grace, and glory in the garden. I press on through gardening challenges, wanting the rewards of the harvest. I long for a day when no pests and diseases threaten, when hail won’t damage, heat won’t wither, and torrents won’t flood. In my gardens, I feel a pull toward heaven.

Questions for reflection:

How does gardening, or simply being in a garden, help you feel closer to God?

Do you garden? If so, what do you enjoy most? If not, why not?

What gardening questions do you have? I’ll do my best to answer them!

Join me tomorrow for my first guest interview in this blog series.

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  • I miss gardening. I really need to get out there and clean up our beds and do something with them.

    • Sarah

      Thanks for visiting…I spent two days weeding this past week, and today is planting day! More weeding to be done, but it will wait for another day. Hope you can find time to work on your beds this week!

  • Meghan Weyerbacher

    Sarah this is beautiful. I just started gardening but a long way to go before it gets to this. I love your raised beds!!! Your words are where my heart has been. When I am outside that is where I feel closest to God and yes, Eden, the perfect one the way God intended before the wrong choice was made…comes to mind a lot. Can’t wait for the new heaven and the new earth. When I daydream, this is what it is about! Love the series!! God bless ya.

    • Sarah

      Thanks Meg! Raised beds are definitely the way to go. SO much easier than tilling–I speak from experience. High startup cost but decades of benefits afterward. Glad you like the idea for the series! Blessings to you 🙂

  • Bettie G

    Dear Sarah,
    I’m so glad that we were neighbors at both link-ups today, so that I could start reading your new series! I love gardening, and have gardened in some form or another for almost 50 years. I agree with Edna St. Vincent Millay wholeheartedly! I find myself learning from the garden, even in the dark days of winter, because God meets me there. I have had to slow down my gardening work, because of chronic illness,but God has not slowed down the Gardening Lessons! I am thankful for your encouraging words here today!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Bettie! You make a good point about a winter garden. I leave some seedheads for the birds to feast upon, and they love it on a snowy day. In mild winters like the one we just had, spinach and kale thrive year-round. I live in a temperate zone which makes gardening a long-lasting pleasure. Glad you found encouragement here!

  • I love this post, Sarah! I only have a small garden and it’s not very well kept, but I’m working to make it better. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard that quote by Edna St. Vincent Millay, but I love it and tend to agree. I really love being able to go to my garden to pick herbs or blueberries, or strawberries in season. There is something about being in the garden that opens me up and relaxes me. It’s a joy so I don’t know why I don’t spend more time out there. 🙂

    Blessings to you!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Gayl, great to hear from you! I have treasured that quote for decades. Strawberries grow in my garden, and I have to get out there daily to grab them before the squirrels take their bites. I love being in the garden so much too, because its peaceful atmosphere relaxes me. Thanks for reading!

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  • I’ve been planting flowers all week so this is perfect for me! “When I’m working in my gardens, I feel a pull toward Eden.” This is beautiful. I’m sure your flowers stay beautiful all summer long with all the work you put into them. Enjoy!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Lisa! Thanks for reading, and I hope to see photos of your garden on your blog someday too!

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