Surprised by a Garden


If one takes time to notice, there are evidences of God’s love all around us. Surprised by a Garden is a book of short lessons and devotionals that came to me while living and working in various countries of the world.

As an example, one of these experiences is what has given rise to the title of the book. Once, when traveling on an old wreck of a bus over a bumpy and dusty road in India, I finally was able to get off for a few minutes to stretch my legs. The trip had been miserable and I was angry at the bus and the road and my whole situation.

I decided to take a short walk before I had to get on the bus again. As I walked only a short way off of the dusty road, I happened upon a beautiful garden that someone had planted next to their house. The presence of such beauty in the midst of such filth was revolutionary to me. It helped me to see that there is always encouragement in whatever difficult circumstance we may find ourselves.

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