The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

Isaiah 58:11 NIV

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Well-Watered Garden

With a former limestone quarry for her backyard, Jennie Butchart envisioned landscaping a sunken garden in its place, transforming the property for her family—and visitors—for generations to come. Coming from Ontario, husband and wife, Robert and Jennie Butchart moved to Vancouver Island to build a cement plant on a rich limestone deposit at Tod Inlet. As cement production exhausted the limestone deposits, Jennie envisioned a grand garden in its place and began transferring topsoil by horse and cart. Little by little, the quarry blossomed into today’s Sunken Garden.


Late June in Canada is a beautiful time of the year. Gardens are at their best and crops are planted and bursting from the ground. Where I live, we are at the height of cherry season – one of my favourite fruits. Gardeners and farmers are at the mercy of the weather – we pray for just enough moisture to ensure that everything flourishes. The Bible often uses crops and plants to drive home a spiritual point. The prophet does so in Isaiah 58:11: “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” God wants us to flourish spiritually. It is normal for a follower of Jesus to produce the fruit of the Spirit. When the word of God is planted in our hearts, the Holy Spirit takes that word, waters it, and ensures that fruit is produced. Jesus said He is the water of life and anyone who drinks the water He offers will never thirst. Allow Him to water your life.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley