Cultivation

Amy Curran

Read: Genesis 2:1-15

The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. (v. 15)

If the conditions are ideal, summer is a wild time in a garden. Plants grow abundantly, demanding to be harvested.

Tomatoes, okra, squash, beans, and peppers grow taller by the minute, resembling a jungle more and more each day. Weeds also grow in abundance, threatening to take over the garden’s boundaries like in wild places. At its best, gardening feels like a desperate scramble to stay on top of an explosion of growth. If conditions are not ideal in a garden, the work becomes exponentially harder. The fight to grow food in spite of arid conditions, floods, or tenacious pests is an uphill battle, at best.

Our God is a gardener. As such, we can trust God’s commitment to fostering the wild growth of our world and ourselves, to the pruning and weeding that must happen to keep creation healthy, and to the creative response to seeming disaster. What a gift it is that our God takes that role in our world!

Because Adam and Eve (and we) are made in God’s image, this work of gardening is ours as well. God “planted” Adam and Eve in the garden: their job was the tending of all creation. While we do not all have to be farmers to follow God’s plan, we are nevertheless invited into the work of reconciling the world through restoring relationships between ourselves and the land, others, God, and self. —Amy Curran

As you pray, ask God to reveal your invitation toward reconciliation today.