Meeting God in the Garden: Beauty

Is any place more beautiful than a well-tended garden?

God planted a love of beauty in our hearts, back in the garden of Eden. Eve first opened her eyes in the most beautiful garden that has ever existed. Can you imagine her delight and pleasure in those first moments, when her gaze first took in God’s glorious creation?

Even after sin entered the world and tainted every living thing, God showered beauty on us in his lavish grace. He uses beauty to draw us to him in wonder and amazement. This passage has always given me pause:

See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  Matthew 6:28-29 NIV

While telling this story, I imagine Jesus waving his hands toward the fields, where the wild lilies were opening their faces to the sun. I imagine like many flowers, their blooms lasted only one day and then their beauty faded. Jesus made a comparison between those tiny flowers and Solomon’s majestic robes, saying the flowers were superior to the richest king’s most glorious covering.

Think about the gorgeous, sequin-covered gowns we see on the Academy Awards. Can you imagine a common wildflower being more beautiful than gowns that cost many thousands of dollars?

The more I study my garden, the more I find Jesus’ observation about lilies to be true.

Take the example of begonias.

Upon close inspection, both their leaves and flowers sparkle with many natural pinpoints of reflection.  No one labors to sew on their sequins. No one spins their gossamer threads together.

No one can possibly create something as beautiful as a flower from only dust and water, other than God Himself.

God draws me to worship him through the beauty of nature. This week in spring’s height, he asks me to study his perfectly crafted columbine flowers and take wonder in their shapes.

He brings me joy with the rainbow colors and unique fragrance of my irises.

He pleases me with the bright lavender-pink of my azalea bush and the cheery yellow of my golden Alexanders.

I take delight in the shy lily-of-the-valley, hiding under shaded leaves. Every spring I pick a small bouquet and set it by my bedside, basking in the lovely scent.

Take time this week to enter a garden and praise God for his glorious handiwork. Pause to remember only God can create something so beautiful from nothing. Thank him for surrounding you with beauty as a means to draw you to himself. Let a moment in a garden refresh you with rest, peace, and a greater sense of God’s love for you, his masterpiece of creation, far more beautiful than any flower!

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You can take a virtual tour of my garden in this post.

Also read my first guest interview for this series.

Questions for reflection:

Which flowers do you find most beautiful? How does it inspire you to worship God?

Read Matthew 6:25-33. How do Jesus’ words here bring you greater peace?

Join me next week for three more posts on meeting God in the garden.

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  • Patricia A Krank

    I’m joining you from Crystal Storms link party and I’m glad you were the link right before mine so I could here this message and take a tour of your beautiful garden. I was just uploading pictures last night from a garden tour at the Biltmore Estate. Oh my! As I labor in my own garden this time of year I wish I could have a showplace garden but I can’t possibly hire the number of gardeners it would take to keep it perfect 🙂 So glad to meet here at your writing place. Patti

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Patti! I’m glad you came by for a visit. I will definitely check out your link on #heartencouragement. This summer I’m taking a trip to NC, and I will do my best to check out the lovely gardens in Asheville. I’m glad you let me know about them!

  • “Even after sin entered the world and tainted every living thing, God showered beauty on us in His lavish grace.” — <3 Love that, Sarah. ((xoxo))

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Brenda! So glad to link up with you weekly! And I am enjoying the Scripture cards you gifted to me. Blessings on your week!

  • Debbie Kitterman

    Sarah – your gardens are so beautiful and the pictures of each flower, carefully chosen to display each flowers beauty! I love the reminder to meet God in the beauty of the garden. He created these beautiful fragrant flowers for our enjoyment and as a reminder to worship Him. Thank you for linking up with #TuneInThursday today! I am so blessed to have you linking your posts as part of the community each Thursday.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Debbie! Thanks for visiting, and I’m glad you liked this reminder to meet God in the garden. Blessings to you!

  • Deborah Will

    Sarah such beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Deborah, I’m thankful for your visit and your comment. Blessings to you!

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  • Wow! I love these pictures. All of nature shows us how beautiful our God is.
    I do like garden devotions ?
    Would be happy to follow your series.
    God bless, Sarah

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you! I am glad this series is what you like. See you here next week (I hope)!

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  • Sherry Thecharmofhome

    Yes, yes! I have sat and looked at a flower, I think it was a tulip, and marveled that it sparkled up close. Comparing it to the gowns is a good comparison. Flowers are really that beautiful! Great post Sarah! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Sherry! Your blog is so beautiful, so I appreciate your comments and views here! Blessings to you, friend!

      • Sherry Thecharmofhome

        Thanks Sarah! I will feature your post at Home Sweet Home tomorrow!

        • Sarah

          Wonderful news, Sherry! Can’t wait to see it! 🙂

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