My friend, Art, loved gardening. "I feel closer to God when I'm on my knees in my garden than in any other place," he once told me.
Art's garden being his favorite place to worship didn't surprise me. Since man's first home was a garden where he walked and talked with God, I thought it fitting that Art found his garden an ideal place to do the same.
The Garden of Eden was a far cry from the postage stamp sized gardens of our time. In addition to plants and herbs, it was made more beautiful and productive by a variety of trees described in the Bible as pleasant to see and good for food (Genesis 2:9). A river flowed through this plush place, adding to the scenic setting and providing a ready source for watering the fruits, flowers and vegetables.
Imagine the beauty of the Garden of Eden when the trees were in full bloom and plants were pushing their way through the fertile soil of that unspoiled paradise. Weeds were but a woe of the future and pesticides were both unknown and unneeded. Keeping the garden groomed required work, another compassionate part of the Creator's plan, because people are happiest and healthiest when they are productive.
If, like Art, you enjoy praying and worshipping God while in your garden, you're sharing a long standing tradition rooted in the Bible.
In his book, "A Gentle Thunder," Max Lucado says, "The Bible is a story of two gardens, Eden and Gethsemane. In the first, Adam took a fall. In the second, Jesus took a stand."
If you've been under the impression that you can only pray in a church building or with others who are being led in prayer by a minister, read about our Lord praying alone in the Garden of Gethsemane.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Roger Campbell is an author, a broadcaster and a columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.