Our True Colors: The Red Garden (Part 5)
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 fifth 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 red garden, we experience love beyond our wildest dreams. Nothing like what passes for love in sappy movies, but real love. Love is ignited by emotion, but becomes an urgent desire to do whatever will bless the person we love, even if it means sacrificing ourselves.
Our perfect example of this love is, of course, the love Yeshua has for us. He became one with us so that He could completely understand everything about us and experience all that we experience. He gave of Himself every day even when He was weary and discouraged. He suffered through a mockery of a trial, bore insults and rejections, took on all our brokenness and pain, then endured unbearable torture and even death, because His love for us knows no bounds.
This would be far more than enough, but even now Yeshua never stops reaching out, wooing us, tending to our needs even when we ignore or reject Him. He never stops, never gives up on us. His love and compassion never falter, never dry up.
What is in this lovely garden? Many types of red flowers and gemstones such as rubies and garnets, each one conveying a small part of His love. There are many waterfalls with water rushing and surging over the edges. The garden seems to vibrate like a beating heart.
The first time I entered this garden, I found something that overwhelmed me. In the center of this garden is a waterfall and a pool, but water does not flow there. Instead, it is Yeshua’s precious blood that continuously streams into the pool. When I realized what I was seeing, I fell to my knees and began weeping and worshipping Yeshua.
It is at this waterfall and pool, that Yeshua and I always have communion. I was hesitant the first time to drink of His blood, but I found as I lifted the cup to my lips, that it was actually wine. I saw a vision of grapes being thoroughly crushed to yield up their essence, just as Yeshua was thoroughly crushed so that He might share His essence for us. Yeshua reminded me that just as at Cana, when the water became wine, His blood can become not only wine, but also the water and oil of the Holy Spirit. Yeshua said that when we drink wine at communion on earth, it becomes His blood in Heaven.
His blood is always there, ready to pay the debts we incur and cannot repay. His blood is always there to wash us clean and give us a new start. His blood is always there to bring life to us and sustain us. His blood, just like His love, never fails.
There is love, comfort, and healing in this garden. I realized that when we give our pains, woes, and heartaches to Yeshua, we are not handing Him anything new. He already handled them when He took them into Himself and put them to death on the cross. There is absolutely no need for us to hold onto those dead things and try to revive them by dwelling on them. They should have no place in our hearts, for we can replace them with the precious, overpowering, lifegiving love of Yeshua.
Yeshua shared that He longs to fill all of our empty places with His love. This made me want to empty myself of everything else, so that I could be completely filled with His love. I asked Him to help me recapture my first love for Him, when I was excited and almost bursting all the time. I couldn’t stop thinking about Him. I discovered that these feelings lead to the orange garden, the garden of passion, where we will visit tomorrow.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Cor 13:4-7).