WHY SUFFERING CAN BE A BEAUTIFUL THING
Life principles that pertain to spiritual growth. Book Summary: The great teachers of the world all taught from unchangeable principles of the earth to help us understand how to navigate this life. There’s a Flower in the Garbage shares aspects of real life lessons I learned while turning a garbage dump into a flower garden. The process of growing a garden from selecting the plot of ground in which to plant the seeds, working the ground to make it fertile in order to bring those seeds to life, and partaking of the end result — a beautiful flower garden — exemplifies our own lives at various stages. The reader will see how our own deity within constantly reaches towards the deity of God to take us out of the garbage piles of the world and transform us into flower gardens, the process being a revelation I received when my father actually gave me a project of turning a garbage dump into a flower garden.
How the process of transforming life works:
Selecting the ground – That is us! Who we are in our soul
Cleaning out old garbage and rubbish – God reveals the attitudes and thought processes that are unhealthy for us
Tilling the ground – These are the life experiences that create adverse life situations
Selecting and planting the seed – We make a choice to replace old unproductive thoughts with new life giving thoughts
Watering and fertilizing the garden – We must intentionally practice a new way of thinking about life and living by new life principles
An end result of aromatic beauty – The authentic you!
The end result produces a mature and fulfilled life – if we will let the process have its way in us.
Excerpt from Chapter 2
Envision Jesus and his disciples are on a casual walk through the wheat fields. They have been with him for a while and know that in His presence they are free and experience great peace. However, like a good teacher, He knows that the day will come when He will not be there to guide them and they will need understanding that they can live with. I envision the men as quite jovial, joking around like guys do when they are together, but the master gardener knows it is time to bring them to a higher level.
He notices a plot of ground on the outskirts of the field where the garbage is dumped and burned (the Valley of Hinnom – Gahenna is the real name for hell and it was an actual garbage dump) and a thought enters his mind.
All of a sudden Jesus takes off in the direction of the garbage pile – Gahenna. He’s excited. He reaches a plot of ground on the outskirts of the huge pile and drops to his knees. The disciples notice and run after him.
One of them speaks, “Master, what are you doing?” Without answering Jesus gently leans over and scoops up a handful of dirt, raises it to his nose to smell and then slowly lifts it up for his students to observe.
The twelve men look at one another, perhaps puzzled as to why the miracle worker wants to play in the dirt. The master looks at them, observing their expressions, discerning each one. They are still standing and looking down at him. Then one of them kneels beside him. Perhaps it’s Nathaniel in whom there was no guile. He looks at Nathaniel but doesn’t speak. He looks back up at the group of inquisitive men and rises to his feet with much expectation and he continues the lesson. Then after a long pause he speaks.
“Your life was not meant to be a garbage pile but a flower garden. I’m going to turn your lives around.”
The men don’t understand. “What do you mean, Master. We are not garbage! What do you mean?” Matthew states with an emphatic question.
“My life is fine. I make a good living, take care of my family, attend synagogue and am as kosher as they come.”
Peter looks at his fisherman’s clothes, smelly and spotted with fish blood, hands dirty from cleaning them. “I’m a bit dirty but it’s my living. What’s wrong with that?”
Jesus chuckles a bit, drops the soil to the ground, wipes his hands on his cloak and then begins to expound upon the statement he just made. I’m thinking he might have said something like, “Let’s go till some ground and then I’ll explain it.”
The garbage pile can be a wonderful gift. You say, “You must be nuts. Who wants to be a garbage pile?” I say, we have all been a garbage pile at some point in our lives. Some longer than others, each of us have been containers for different types of garbage.
What inspired this book?
Many years ago, when at a place in my life where I had to move back home with my parents, my father gave me a project to do. “I want you to turn the old garbage pile into a flower garden.” I almost choked on the sandwich I was eating, because only a few hours earlier, while waiting for my parents to come pick me up, an evangelist I knew was on television ministering. He looked straight in the camera with his deep piercing eyes and fervent exhortation, “Your life was not meant to be a garbage pile but a flower garden. You are not mediocre. God is going to turn your life around.”
This little book was inspired from that project. Here are some comments from 2 ladies who have read it:
Lindsy: “Hey Yvonne! I got the Flower in the Garbage book and have read it twice! Each time I get something new from it. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing deep parts of your heart in that text. I will continue to read it and process it!”
Emily: “This little book changed my life. When I finally understood what was happening to me it was much easier to go through the fire. Thank you for sharing your experience!”
Kim: “Wow! I had to stop and read that again. Many times throughout our lives we are confronted with making a choice that we think can alter our destiny. In reality, those choices do not alter our destiny, they take us to it. I have come to believe that we do not ever make wrong choices.