Revelation 22:
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

What began in the Garden of Eden is expanded in the New Jerusalem. The micro garden becomes the macro city.

The New Earth is inhabited and has nations that need to be restored and healed. God’s Holy City dwellers will work with God to restore the world. In place of the old world chaos, there will be living water in the form of a river from God’s throne. At the heart of the City, there is refreshing and nurture for the whole earth.

The fruit trees alongside the river bear fruit. The leaves of the trees have healing power for the nations. Whatever is meant by all this garden imagery, we see a very beautiful picture of God’s intentions.

When we plant a garden, we fight the soil and the weeds. We are reminded of the curse that needs to be lifted. But even in the sweaty work of gardening we catch a glimpse of what God’s Kingdom is like and what it will be. The mustard seed and the birds of the air are now competing, but the Kingdom still wins in the end.

Let’s plant gardens, unlock doors and drink deeply of love until that day when God makes all things new.