Our true colors: The Green Garden (Part 3)
The leaves on most hardwood trees are green during the spring and summer. As they produce food the chlorophyll causes them to appear green, but when the growing season is over, the green color disappears and the true colors of the leaves, which were always present but hidden under the green, are finally revealed. This pattern in nature symbolizes our experience as followers of Yeshua. In our lives in the physical realm, we are toiling, often while enduring trials, attacks and hardships of various kinds. Our bodies and our souls can become scarred and marred. We lose sight of who we are in Yeshua. However, as we die to ourselves and yield to Yeshua, our “true colors” are revealed. This article is the third in a series of eight articles entitled “Our True Colors”. It is based on revelation I received in my daily excursions to Heaven. It is my sincere hope that you will find comfort and encouragement in this series.
As is the case with many others, I have experienced decades of heartache, rejection, loss, and pain. I recently experienced encounters with Yeshua where He removed my pain and the false image of myself that I had assumed was my identity. He replaced the lies with what I now call my “true colors”. In Heaven there are many gardens, lakes, rivers, and so on, but in this series of articles I will focus on eight gardens that surround a beautiful lake. Each garden has a predominant color and can be used for healing specific types of soul wounds. Each time I visited a garden, I saw different things. Sometimes there were different flowers, or I might see birds or butterflies or gemstones. The gemstones were sometimes scattered loosely on the ground. At other times they made up a path or even a piece of furniture, such as a chair or table. Each thing I saw, smelled, tasted or felt addressed a specific need. Sometimes there is fruit to eat, water to drink or even a special drink that Yeshua Himself makes for your healing. He makes it from the flowers and plants in the garden.
In the green garden you can find rest and a respite from the cares and burdens of this world. This is a wonderful place to lay down all your burdens, sorrows, worries, heartaches, and disappointments at the feet of Yeshua. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matt 11:28). I was able to let go of painful memories and Yeshua applied a healing balm to my soul. When we feel weary and discouraged, this is a place to regain strength and to be uplifted.
On my first visit, I discovered that this garden is described in Psalm 23 and is the place where Yeshua was refreshed and restored after His crucifixion. Yeshua has intimate knowledge of all our woes, for He Himself carried each and every one of them and put them to death in His body on the cross. There is no need for us to take up burdens and sorrows that He has already removed. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Ps 34:18)
During difficult times we sometimes feel as if no one understands what we are experiencing. Yeshua knows exactly how we feel and what it feels like to carry our burdens. He can thoroughly identify with us. He knows how much we need to be comforted and encouraged. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain (Isaiah 53:3).
Psalm 23 talks of “still waters” in many translations. When I saw the lavender-colored stream running through this garden, I was puzzled. This stream is anything but still. The water flows vibrantly and seems to be alive with energy and strength. The flowing waters seem to produce harmonious sounds, like soothing music. I think a better description would be “calming waters”. As I sat beside the stream and listened to its melodious sound, I felt my anxieties and tensions easing and a calm peace entering into me.
In addition to the stream, there are meadows, green lawns, rolling hills and even what appears to be a jungle. Each is a place of wonder that I would like to explore further. There is abundance and excellence in everything. Nothing dies or fades or withers in any of Heaven’s gardens. The leaves, blossoms and fruit are always at the height of perfection. If you eat any fruit, it is always at the peak of ripeness.
The green garden is a wonderful place to grow in your trust of Yehovah. After laying down your burdens, you can rest peacefully here, for there is no hint of threat or danger, only security and comfort. Yeshua listens to all your woes and heart cries and gently removes them from you, replacing them with His love and healing. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths (Prov. 3:5-6).
Yeshua often offered me some water from the stream, or made a tea from the water and some herbs or plants that grow in this garden. Sometimes, He gave me fruit from the plants or trees. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies (Ps 23:5). Many of the plants in this garden can also be found on Earth. I researched the Earth versions of the various plants, herbs and fruit or berries that Yeshua offered and each time I found I had received precisely what I needed at that moment.
In this garden, I had a strong sense of Yehovah as my mighty fortress, my high tower, my shield. I felt protected and safe. I could let down my guard and truly be myself. Often, I came in weary and feeling defeated, but left refreshed and feeling strong and victorious. My trust in Yeshua grows more with each visit. I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Ps. 18:1-2).