The Garden of His Delight
By Pam Palagyi
Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east,
in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed (Genesis 2:8).
One of my favorite places is the flower garden—the eclectic
English cottage type, the prestigious formal garden, and especially
the simple backyard variety. I love to meander down rustic paths
and touch the flora and fauna as I marvel at God’s creativity.
The explosion of color, the subtle bouquet, and the feel of lush,
multi-textured plants across my fingertips all reflect the glory
of His handiwork. The garden is a masterpiece of God’s creation.
Because I enjoy the natural beauty of flowers, I usually plant
several varieties in my yard each year. I use them as cut flowers,
dry them for everlasting bouquets, and even mix them with potpourri
to last throughout the year.
One spring, however, instead of purchasing flowers from a nursery,
I decided to grow all of my summer annuals from seed. I started
planting marigold, nasturtium, poppy, and zinnia seeds in March,
weeks before they would be ready for transplanting. Each day I
brooded over the potted seeds until one-by-one, the tiny seedlings
poked their heads through the damp, black soil. I experienced
the joy of a mother giving birth all over again, but this time
to botanical babies!
As the weeks went by, the miniature shoots grew, sprouted leaves,
and then finally flowered into blossoms. When they were each selectively
placed in the garden beds, my heart swelled with satisfaction.
My “babies” were healthy, hearty, and a foliage feast
for the eyes. That year my summer annuals were planted not only
in the earth, but they also became a memorable planting in my
I believe gardens also have a special place in the heart of God.
From the original creation of Eden, the place of “delight,”
to Gethsemane, the “place of pressing,” gardens have
been a significant site in the plans and purposes of God.
In Genesis, God lovingly created Eden and placed man within the
garden to dress and keep it:
Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden;
and there he put the man he had formed. And the LORD God made
all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were
pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the
garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil (Genesis 2:8-9).
It was a perfect paradise. Imagine the beauty and glory of God’s
pristine creation! But temptation slithered its way into man’s
heart in the form of a serpent’s lie. Adam failed and gave
into the temptation to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good
and evil. The result of his disobedience was death. It must have
been a sad day, both for God and Adam, when he was forced to leave
the paradise of Eden.
Thousands of years later, Jesus Christ faced a similar test in
the Garden of Gethsemane. As the “last Adam,” Christ
once again wrestled for obedience in Gethsemane. He fell with
his face to the ground and prayed, “Father, if you are
willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be
done” (Luke 22:42). It was a costly decision—it
required His very life, but Jesus bought back the eternal life
that Adam had lost in the original Garden of Eden. The backdrop
of the garden served as the scene for both dismal failure and
eternal success in the overall scheme of God’s plan. Surely,
gardens must move the heart of God in an extraordinary way.
So, when I sit peacefully in a park surrounded by lush, green
foliage or watch as a chorus line of dancing flowers sways in
the wind, I am reminded of the God who created all gardens, both
with natural and spiritual beauty. Each garden has its purpose,
and each planting has a place in God’s heart as well as
About Pam Palagyi
A gifted writer and speaker, Pam is founder and director of Arise
Ministries, which draws its vision from Isaiah 60:1, “Arise,
shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises
upon you.” The goal of Arise Ministries is to awaken
the hidden potential of believers in their individual spheres
of influence so that they can truly shine for Christ.
Pam earned her Master of Divinity in Practical Theology from
Regent University. Pam is a contributor to Life in the Spirit
and In Touch magazine. She is also author of Altar
of Grace: Introduction to Practical Ministry and The
Word Became Flesh: Studies in the Gospel of John. Pam and
her husband, Paul, have been married 30 years and have two adult
daughters, Lisa and Laurie.
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