We had Origami Butterflies in our garden this morning. Just as the caterpillar becomes a new creature, a butterfly, so do we in Christ. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. --2 Corinthians 5:17
It is a little difficult to make it out, but we added a dove to the tree. The dove being a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Just before the crucifixion, Jesus told his disciples that He would be leaving them soon. However, He also promised that another "Helper" would come. This of course was the Holy Spirit.
The Dove reminds us that the Holy Spirit is here to help guide us through life.
Tonight we laid a path to the tomb. This stone path reminds us of our life's journey. The stones, like life, can be quite hard at times. Yet very often it is only by going through the difficult times that we really sense our need of God.
Tonight the girls made a tomb. A tomb is where you put a dead body. Spiritually speaking, we are all walking "tombs", prior to knowing Jesus. He is the life-giver. The tomb reminds us that we were once dead, but now, thanks to Jesus, we are alive to live for Him.
Tonight we added some white flowers to our garden. White of course being a symbol of purity. Jesus died a cruel death, although He was innocent. When we accept this payment for our own sins, we too are made pure. As Psalm 2:3-4 says, only those with clean hands and a clean heart can stand in the presence of God.
Purple symbolizes royalty. The purple flowers here (I know, they are hard to see) represent Jesus as King. Not only was He received as the Messiah and king on Palm Sunday, but when He returns He will return as King.
Just as a tree has roots that grow deep and provide the tree with nourishment and strength. When a storm comes, those strong roots will keep that tree standing. Spiritually, we need to have a strong foundation by being grounded in our faith. This requires studying God's Word and applying it to our life. We must also be led by the Holy Spirit.
He that meditates on God's Word will be like a tree planted by the water. (Psalm 1:2-3)
Day 2 - The Soil You cannot have a garden without soil. The soil receives seeds, provides nutrients and a base for plants to grow.
In a spiritual sense, our hearts are like soil. Not all soil is the same, however, some soil is hard and will not receive seeds very well. Jesus mentioned this in the parable of the seeds-- those that fell on hard ground withered in the sun or were eaten by birds. Let's have the right kind of hearts-- soft and receiving of God's Word. That way we too will grow strong and tall spiritually.
Thought we would try something different this year; we are making an "Easter Garden."
A couple weeks before Easter we begin adding parts to our Garden. Each piece is significant and points us towards God.
Day 1 - The Pot
On this day we focus on the pot.
It is nothing special on its own, yet it is set aside for a certain purpose. Many "vessels" have certain purposes, some are noble (fine china, fancy goblets), while others are much more mundane (trashcan, ashtray).
God says that we too are vessels. 2 Timothy says that we need to keep our vessel pure so that we may be suitable for more noble purposes. Hey, nobody wants to eat from a trashcan, right? Let's remain pure and dedicated for God's purposes in order that He will use us for His noble purposes.