Heaven in a Garden

Several weeks ago, a dear mentor and friend of mine named Win invited me to a garden party she was planning with several other dear spiritual friends. As she described the event I quickly nicknamed it a “heaven party” because it sounded just like what I long to experience on the other side of this life–a garden, delicious food, beautiful flowers, gentle breezes, but most of all the evident presence of God among his precious children who gather together to extol His goodness. I couldn’t wait and I could tell Win felt exactly the same way. Day after day I counted down to our heavenly appointment.

And the day did not disappoint! Later that evening I wrote this description of my afternoon: I haven’t the words in this world to describe the beauty of our time together in the garden today. A dozen ladies from vastly different walks of life, all indebted to God’s grace for bringing Win into our lives spent an amazing couple hours worshiping Him, encouraging each other, praising His faithfulness in Win’s life, and the fruits in each of ours. It was an AMAZING time. The weather was PERFECT, the flowers and garden setting just reminiscent of what I’m sure parts of Eden were like.

I am moved once again by God’s deep desire to be in relationship with us, and to form that through relationships with others. He looked at Adam the pinnacle of his creative work, and said, “He shouldn’t be alone…I’ll make him a friend.” Clearly God’s design is for us to minister to one another in pursposeful, connected relationships. And when we do spend time with others exulting in God and what he has done for each of us, our relationship with God deepens. He uses us to spur one another on and He duplicates His love and presence in the hearts of others with whom we connect.

What a precious reminder of the unity we have in Christ. What a beautiful picture of His living body!  What a teaser of the joy to come….on the other side of this life!

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