I moved to the Verde Valley in Arizona over twenty years ago and I got it in my head right away that I wanted a prayer garden.
We chose the spot, planted bushes, filled containers with flowers, laid the patio stones and even found a comfortable outdoor chair. It took me several tries to communicate to the husband the picture in my mind of how it should look right behind my chair. We agreed that the trellis arch in my vision would be a lattice effect supporting a grape vine. It turned out better than my imagination!
My prayer garden thrives not only because I meet my creator there, but I have harvested white and purple grapes every August for over 15 years!
A local TV channel featured Arizona vineyards recently. The documentary points out that the Verde Valley in Arizona has the widest temperature range between early morning lows and late day high temperatures of almost a 41 to 44 degree difference which allow the grapes to thrive.
I like to stroll through the beautiful vineyards five miles down the road from my house which attracts tourists to their wine tasting rooms. The grounds host a lovely wedding venue as well.
We laughed that we were cool before it was cool to grow grapes here in the Verde. For me, it started with a prayer garden! Someday I will know the fruit of that too.
King David’s son, Solomon, built a lavish temple for the Lord. I read in 1 Kings about the extensive details describing the foundation and all the precise tools used by talented workers to create the special house of God.
It took him 20 years to finish it! Then on that great and glorious day, King Solomon gave a speech.
The king gathered the community of Israel together and lifted his hands in front of the altar proclaiming the greatness of our God who keeps covenant with his people. "How can anything made with human hands contain such a great and mighty God?" Solomon asked.
He went on to pray petitioning God:
Lord, be with us and never abandon us.
Give us the desire to do Your will.
Let us be obedient to Your commands.
Solomon declared: “The people all over the earth will know there is no other like our God! May we always be faithful to Our Lord.”
Solomon’s words are beautiful to me to consider not only for dedicating a temple or prayer garden to Father God. I inhale them in the inner part of my soul. How humbling to reflect that we are temples of the Living God. He is only a prayer away!
Can you feel Him?