Walk in Her Sandals WINE Lenten Book Club

Life Began in a Garden

I love flowers.  I think that’s why I always get vivid images in my head when I read the Bible stories that take place in gardens.  Life began in a garden after all.  However, on Good Friday, we remember that a life began to end in a garden.  That ending occurred for us.  Eden to Gethsemane, light to darkness, life to death.

On your own walk through life, you have probably seen glimpses of Eden, but more than likely you’ve spent your fair share of time in Gethsemane.  The flowers there are wilting and thirsting for life; their death seems imminent on the verge of a spiritual frost.  As Jesus calls out to Abba, begging that the cup may pass from Him, I am inspired by His power to say “not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Gift of Sensitivity

Jesus willing accepted the cup He was given.  His sensitivity to the needs of us fallen humans is an example of courage, a model on how to accept the cup that we have been given.  How awesome it is that the Messiah has blessed us with gifts He exemplified.  As women, the gift of sensitivity enables us to love in a way the world is hungry for.  Our sensitive nature can help the Creator in the garden of humanity and the wilting souls found there.

Just as Veronica wiped the face of Jesus with her outstretched arm, we are able to reach out to even the thirstiest of flowers.  In our lives, we get handed cups we would rather pass.  The beauty of our faith is, even with these cups, we do not have to live in the lesser garden.

We all walk similar paths.  Think of how beautiful a garden the world would become if we embrace our gift of sensitivity and begin to help each other grow towards the beauty of the Son.


About the Author:

Angie Koenig is a passionate follower of Jesus working her way through life as a Millennial.  She is the youngest of nine children and embraces her role as a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.  Angie blogs about her love story with Jesus at www.spirituallyspokenfor.com.  Currently, she resides in Eau Claire, WI where she enjoys anything that involves coffee.