The Garden’s Owner

Posted by Jerry White on Nov 29, 2015

Peace in trials, tribulations, tragedies and grief is only found by kneeling in complete submission, trust and worship at the feet of the Lord Jesus who rules all things with unlimited love, authority and power.
Charles Spurgeon wrote comforting words about the loss of a loved one:
“Suppose that you are a professional gardener, responsible for a garden that is not yours. You take great care of several prize rose bushes. You fertilize, water, prune, and train them. Now that they are blooming in great beauty, you take considerable pride in them.
One morning you come into the garden and find that the best rose has been taken. You are angry and accuse your fellow workers of taking it. They declare their innocence, saying that they had nothing to do with it. But one says, ‘I saw the master walking here this morning. I think he took it.’
Is the gardener still angry? No, he immediately says, ‘I am pleased that my rose’s beauty attracted the master’s attention. That rose was his, and he has taken it. Let him do what seems good.’
It is the same with your loved ones. They did not die by chance. The grave is not filled by accident. People die according to God ’s will. Your child is gone, but the Master took her. Your husband is gone, but the Master took him. Your wife is buried, but the Master took her. Thank God that He let you have the pleasure of caring and tending for them while they were here. Thank Him that He gave, He Himself has taken.
If you believe in providence, you may grieve, ‘but I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus’ (1 Thess. 4:13-14).”
Beside Still Waters, 285 (Roy H. Clarke, Editor)
And he [Job] said, “ Naked I came from my mother ‘s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Job 1:21 (ESV)

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