Our True Colors: The Pink Garden (Part 7)
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 seventh 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 pink garden we find boundless joy! Our joy comes in knowing who we really are and to Whom we belong. When I visited the pink garden this morning, I was first greeted by pink camellias (symbolizing love, passion, deep desire; longing for someone). As I walked farther down the path, I found delicate pink rosebuds (symbolizing an innocent and happy heart). Farther on, there were carnations (gratitude, fascination, distinction) and daisies (love and romance).
I lifted my gaze and saw a hill (an obstacle) covered with pink phlox (harmony, partnership, compatibility and agreement). I ran to the hill and heard music (symbolizing great joy) for the first time in this garden. I suspect that it has always been there, but this is the first time I noticed it. I began to dance and twirl on the hill. Yeshua joined me and danced with me.
The Holy Spirit revealed that our joy comes from within and outward circumstances need not diminish it. The enemy wants to steal our joy (John 10:10), but we can refute his efforts because Yeshua has brought us life more abundant to restore our joy. Our focus must remain on Yehovah and His love and acceptance of us as His children. The trouble surrounding us will diminish as we ignore it and direct our focus on what is truly important.
No matter what happens on this earth, we can choose to concentrate on our real home, Heaven. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord (2 Cor 5:8). We are always loved and accepted by the One who created us and whose opinion is the only one that matters. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword (Rom 8:35)? We are always welcome, always desired, always needed. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:3). The Creator of the universe provides for our needs, shelters us under His wings, and looks for ways to bless us. He lifts us high above our enemies. The treasures we store with Him will always be safe from corruption or theft. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal” (Matt 6:19-20).
In a very unstable world, we are secure. In a world filled with hatred and violence, we are loved and cherished. Our joy may seem like a small trickle at times, but if we tend it and nurture it, it will become an overflowing fountain spilling out to those around us. Yeshua, our perfect example, did not let anything, no matter how horrifying, deter Him from His joy that spills out to all of us.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart (Heb 12:1-3).