Our True Colors:The White Garden (Part 8)
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 eighth 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 white garden all aspects of the other gardens come together, just as the color white contains all colors in the color spectrum on earth. The white garden emphasizes innocence and purity and wholeness. Our spirits are already innocent and pure and are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13 NIV). When we are born again, our spirits are regenerated and sealed. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him (Rom 8:9 ESV). Yehovah sends the Holy Spirit to work with our spirits in order to renew our mind, will and emotions.
Our souls have been marred by sin, rejection, abandonment, betrayal and so on. Yeshua and the Holy Spirit work with and through our spirits to heal, restore, revive and renew our souls. Paul talks about this when He talks about renewing our minds. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Rom 12:2). It is our perfected and sealed spirit that is able to make visits to Heaven to bring back what is needed to renew our damaged souls.
Due to painful experiences or words spoken to us or about us, we may now believe lies about ourselves that mar the perfect identity that Yehovah intends for us. We take on a false identity. When I came to Yeshua for help, He removed the painful memories and lies that I had incorporated into my identity. In each of the gardens, He replaced the lies with His truth. The gardens seem to present rather basic ideas, things you have often heard and already know, but have these basic concepts been incorporated as reality and part of your identity? Are these your true colors? Do you consistently see yourself as accepted, forgiven, tranquil, refreshed, loved, passionate, joyful and pure?
Many of us are tempted to hang onto our false identity, thinking that we are being humble. We cling to ideas such as “I am worthless”, “I can’t do anything right”, “I’m not good enough” and so on. This is false humility and an insult to our Creator. Do we really mean to suggest that His work is so inferior? Do we mean to imply that our damaged souls and bodies are beyond His ability to repair? Does He really intend to wait until our bodies die in order to restore us? What kind of work can we do to build the Kingdom of Yehovah on earth when we are broken? How can we resume our originally-assigned roles to take dominion over (manage) the earth? Yeshua’s blood pays our debts and restores our relationship with Yehovah. The Holy Spirit guides and empowers us to fulfill our assignments in the Kingdom. Thus, we can stay in close communion with Father daily just as Yeshua did. We will do the works He did and greater. I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father (John 14:12).
The gardens have been a pleasant and soothing way to heal my soul wounds. Yeshua wants to do the same for you, whether He invites you to the gardens or somewhere else in Heaven. Yeshua not only redeems, but replaces, restores, revives and renews each one of us.
In addition to flowers, doves, swans, diamonds, and opals that you may encounter in the white garden, the main features are the many mikvehs. Each mikveh is in a cul-de-sac of trees and shrubs affording seclusion and privacy, yet we wear our robes of righteousness when we enter the mikveh. Each mikveh is a deep pond with a sparkling waterfall above which spills into the pond. The water is cool and refreshing. As soon as you emerge, you and your white robe are completely dry. Now you are ready for Yeshua to escort you in to see Abba. Abba will recognize you as His child for He sees your true colors.