Coco Calling No. 103 - The Garden of God Inside Us All
My owner’s been a very busy fellow, sowing all kinds of seeds for the garden. Some small, some tiny, and some as fine as dust. And it never ceases to amaze me what can develop out of something so small and insignificant. Every seed, is literally, a little miracle, packed full of extraordinary potential.
God likes to grow stuff as well. As Charles Wesley once said, God’s grace and love is like a seed pre-sown inside us all. A seed that each one of us carries with us throughout our living years. And in many of us, it’s a seed that will start to germinate, to grow and to flourish.
We all have the potential to welcome God and love and the Holy Spirit into our beings. The seed’s already planted. We simply need to allow it to grow. And there have been many times when I’ve sensed God’s presence shining out of others. Through their eyes, their smile and their whole demeanour. And sometimes through an invisible aura.
During the current coronavirus lockdown, so many humans have asked the question: “Where is God in all this?” “Where is He?” And we can partly answer that question by saying He’s actually inside a great many of us. Even when we don’t realise it. God’s inside all those that want to care for the sick and the elderly. He’s inside everyone that wants to help their neighbour with their shopping, or by cooking them a meal. He’s inside those that volunteer to take a friend to a hospital appointment; He’s inside those that give to charity. And He’s inside us all when we pray for the world.
All of our goodness and our acts of love and compassion, -they don’t simply happen of their own accord. These things come from God, -the very essence of all goodness and love. When we do these things, it is because we are allowing that tiny seed inside us to grow. We’re allowing God to be active through us. And there’s a huge army of very good people in this world. It’s just that so many of them don’t yet realise where their goodness comes from.
Some of us may have a “eureka” moment when we suddenly see everything from a different perspective. It was a bit like that for C. S. Lewis:
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
It’s this realisation and new perception which sets Christian people apart from others. It’s what led the evangelist, Billy Graham to once say:
“My home is in Heaven. I’m just travelling through the world.”
Outside my window, everything has started to grow like mad. The garden is green, and lush; fresh and vibrant. And it’s my heart-felt wish that God’s garden inside me can be every bit the same. Releasing all of its energy and potential for the good of this world……..
“It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.” (Mark 4:31-32)