In the documentary Back to Eden (have you watched it yet??), the main gardening principle is that the garden needs a cover. “It’s all about the covering,” the web site boasts. Paul, the gardener, has found out over the last some years that wood chips is the best cover. He says the wood chips serve many purposes. It keeps moisture in so they don’t dry out, after time, it breaks down into wonderful compost feeding the plants, and it protects it from seeds from weeds.
The aspect of the film I love most is how Paul relates his gardening to God. The Bible is rich with gardening imagery and Paul is so passionate about what God has shown him in his own garden. The clearest to me is that this covering he has found to be the key to his garden points to our covering, Christ.
Romans 4:7 says Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
I love the definition I found where it says our sins are “covered so as not to come to view”. God doesn’t see our sins, he sees our perfect covering, Christ.
But what I love about the film is that Paul reminds us how nature is made so that from creation, we would know God (Romans 1:20). He begins talking about the covering by saying how in nature, everything is covered. Dirt is covered by grass, trees are covered in bark, we are covered with skin, fish have scales, birds have feathers, bears have fur. And while it wasn’t shocking news, something about that just connected with me so deeply.
I started looking around and not only does creation scream out about Christ, man’s creations do the same thing. Carpets cover floors, rugs cover wood floors, paint covers walls, leather covers couches, my shower has a cover, my blanket covers me. It’s nearly endless. Wrapping paper covers gifts, DVDs have covers, books make the covers awfully important, paint covers canvases, glass covers pictures, pools have covers, cars have covers, lamps have covers. I mean, all the sudden, all I could see is covers everywhere. And for me, it was like I’d look at one thing and see a cover and it would be “Jesus!” and then I’d see something else covered and it was “Jesus!” and one thing after another it was, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” It reminds me of A Walk with God from a few years back.
Just look around you, I promise you will find coverings of all sorts and in those, see a Savior who is willing to fill you so you don’t dry out, feed you with exactly what you need, protect you from harm, and hide your sin. Go ahead, go see your Savior.