From the book “Gardens in Heaven” …
As contemplative prayer becomes a routine, you will exude peace. The fragrance of Christ that you will diffuse will be offensive to those around you who are perishing. But, it will be sweet to those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. You will be the scent of heaven everywhere you go. Who is sufficient for these things? It is not in our self-effort. It is spending time with Jesus that makes us sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
As you picture yourself in your heavenly garden, picture Jesus being with you. Picture yourself handing your burdens to Him. He wants to take them! Thank Him for all that He has done. Speak forth the things for which you are thankful. In this way, you will develop a thankful heart. Then learn to be quiet to allow the Lord to speak into your current situation. Seek and consider His heavenly perspective on the events and circumstances that are occupying your mind.
The beloved bridegroom continues …
Song of Solomon 5:1:
I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. Eat, O friends! Drink, yes, drink deeply, O beloved ones!
In the Bible a garden is symbolic of a person’s soul.
When the Lord enters the garden of a person’s soul, when He enters the garden of a person’s thoughts, it is definitely cause for celebration! The bridegroom comes to his garden with the heavy aroma of spices. He is intoxicated with his love for his bride.