Friday, March 28, 2014

Love Song to the Gardener...

I'd rather be in the Garden of the Lord
Than in the palace of a king...
He carried me so tenderly and covered me over with rich dark soil,
When I was just a tiny seed.
He planted me deep in the garden surrounded by rocks and thistles
That mocked my every need
Or, at least, that’s what I believed…

I heard His footsteps in the garden growing fainter and fainter.
He was leaving me all alone –
He didn’t stop.
He didn’t care what happened to me.
Or, at least that’s what I believed…

The only life I saw were ugly, broken weeds
Sprouting all around me.
No beauty.
No joy.
No life was in the air around me.
Or, at least, that’s what I believed…

Endlessly, it rained and rained.
I never saw the sunshine.
I never saw a flower.
I called to Him to save me.
But, against this cruelty,
He had no power.
Or, at least, that’s what I believed.

I wept at least as many tears
As raindrops fell upon my fears.
All for what? I didn’t know.
I decided I should just let go.
What was the use in holding on?
He must not love me, or so it seemed.
Or, at least, that’s what I believed.

Strangers came and stomped on me.
They mocked and laughed and jeered at me.
Down in the heart of my tiny seed,
They broke me down and made me bleed.
Left alone to face this mess,
I hated Him, I must confess.
Or, at least, that’s what I believed.

But, He who loved me had buried me deep,

He had buried me,
In the rich dark soil of His love.

He had promised He would come for me.
When all seemed dark and dry and dead,
He was still strolling through the flower beds
Or, at least, that’s what I came to see…

I, no longer hoping, no longer strong,
I heard Him walking on the dawn.
He lifted my head to see His face,
He smiled His Glory all over the place.
I never ever doubted His love for me...
Or, at least, that’s what I came to see!

The storms brought the rain that I needed to grow.
The weeds made me fight for the chance to have life.
The stones and the rocks made me sink in the mud,
Where the rich, velvet soil caressed me with love.
He used it all to shape me and form me to be,
A tiny reflection of the One who made me.

I don’t know the answer to all of the whys.
I only know darkness is broken by Light.
I learned to be gentle toward those who are broken,
To reach out in tenderness for those who are lost.
To leave it to Him what I don’t understand.
To trust Him who holds me in the palm of His hand.

To hold on to the One who holds on to me.
Or, at least, that’s what I’ve come to believe…


“Then He who sat on the throne said,
Behold, I make all things new…”

   Revelation 21:5  NKJV


  1. Maureen , you truly are an artist with poetry . I wouldn't even know where to begin . Beautiful

    1. Thank you, Lottie. This is something God has just given me. When I really want to "get out what's inside" it just happens... I love that God gave me this - it feels like His arms around me, hugging me and drawing me close. Doesn't get any better than that, does it?!

  2. Maureen, as a gardener I can visualize your writings and it reaches to into my heart. What a gift God has given to you. I hope many, many people read this!

    1. Thank you, Jeannie! You encourage me to keep on writing and giving back to God what He has so generously given to me...


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