Living in the garden we all call lifePublished 12:06am Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Good morning readers. I have found that events in a person’s life are all connected. The evidence of this is my reason for writing this article
There will always be a time in our lives when we have more questions than we have answers. During those times I attend to plants and really connect and nurture them. Thus the title of this article tells you it has something to do with gardening.
The beginning of life, that is biblically, began in a garden. The garden of Eden was an absolutely beautiful place. It was full of peace, harmony, gentleness and love. Just think that before we are born, our garden is actually our mother’s womb. A veritable peaceful place. All of our needs are taken care of. We are in the most part in harmony with our environment. Mothers are usually gentle when such a pleasant event if forthcoming. And as far as love, I believe it speaks for itself.
Now Adam and Eve had it all. No problems or worries at all. Babies are well taken care of in much the same manner. Yet there also comes the crying, the crankiness and the inevitable diaper change. Adam and Eve I’m sure cried when sin entered the world.
As life goes on and the garden grows, the plants and children become mature and gave their own offsprings (new plants). The garden still needs tending, and the children still need nurturing. Furthermore, as plants and children grow, they have problems and need tender care. No child or plant is immune to trouble. Time should be spent to help both plant and child through their bad times. Once balance is restored, all is well for a season (years of life for both plant and child).
We all go through moments of uncertainty, as do plants. From drought to bugs. From sickness to greater sickness. When those events occur, we have a tendency to become master gardeners. We deal with illnesses in much the same way.
There are still so many comparisons such as amputating leaves/limbs and propping up leaning plants with sticks (canes and crutches) or the use of pesticides for diseases (drugs to enhance our lives for good). Oh, and there are the transplanting (moving our addresses) or transplanting new growth.
Ultimately the gardens we have need destroying and a new crop grows (a new generation taken and restoring pieces). And in life, we know destruction as death. This will be the last garden we will use. Because surely the cemetery will be the last garden we will use, we will be planted until the coming of Christ. At that time the true master gardener who made all of mankind will call us forth if we believe.
From garden to garden is our lives. So the next time a child is born or a loved one dies, think about the gardens in your lives. Maybe you don’t have a green thumb, but note the comparisons. Why not bury a small plant to commemorate that life or death? And then ask the master gardener for the skills to grow/live in his garden.
Anthony Seals Sr. is a Natchez resident.