“To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:16-19
I got my my hat out of the closet, put my sunscreen on and dug the hoe out of the garage today. Then I went to work in the flower beds at the front of our house. My plan was to replant some vegetable plants which I had started in some pots. These little seedlings are outgrowing there pots. We are the same. God sometimes has to replant us because we have outgrown our pots.
As I struck hard with my hoe I realized the flower bed was so dry and hard I did not even make a dent. I swung my back into it time and time again but it did not budge. I then just stood there in thought. Hmmm this reminds me of peoples souls. I decided to pull the water hose out and water the ground. I came back half an hour later and tried a swing of the hoe. This time the soil at least budged. Not much, but it was something. So I hoed up what I could and left the water running for another half hour.
By this time I was done for the day. I cannot tolerate the heat like I once could. I will repeat the process tomorrow until the soil is worked enough to replant my little plants. Maybe one day these replanted plants will produce some fruit. Maybe one day this dead soil will be a garden.
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” Revelations 22:1-5