There are two especially famous gardens in the Bible: Eden and Gethsemane. The first is well known as the paradise lost to mankind when Adam and Eve turned to sin. The second is infamous for being the scene of Christ’s agony: at Gethsemane, Jesus sweated blood while praying about the betrayal and torturous death that was soon to come. It was here that Jesus began undoing “the mischief of the serpent in the first garden,” as Spurgeon puts it.
Yet these are not the only two Biblical gardens that are significant to us today. In this devotional from Morning and Evening, Spurgeon identifies a third garden: our hearts.
Is there no other King’s garden? Yes, my heart, thou art, or shouldst be such. How do the flowers flourish? Do any choice fruits appear? Does the King walk within, and rest in the bowers of my spirit? Let me see that the plants are trimmed and watered, and the mischievous foxes hunted out. Come, Lord, and let the heavenly wind blow at thy coming, that the spices of thy garden may flow abroad. Nor must I forget the King’s garden of the church. O Lord, send prosperity unto it. Rebuild her walls, nourish her plants, ripen her fruits, and from the huge wilderness, reclaim the barren waste, and make thereof “a King’s garden.”
What are you doing to tend to your garden? What fruits are coming from your walk with Jesus?