"...Keep thy Soul" Prov. 22:5
here are three divinely planted default desires built into the nature and design of man: Something to do, someone to love, and something to believe in. These were seen in Eden and are universal. Life is something we “do.” Here is “something to do.” Keeping a garden was the first occupation. And the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden ...to dress it and keep it. (Gen 2:15).
A garden filled with plants declares the glory of God as the firmament showeth his handiwork. Nature is a witness. We are stewards and life is a reflection and a witness of what is in our heart. Adam was the first gardener, but he failed and fell. Chaos has overtaken the world like the thorns spoken of by Jesus that choke the word. The cares of this world are the Kudzu that suffocate and steal the light and nourishment of all the other trees in the forest. Adam had a garden to keep, we have our own soul to attend to. Proverbs 22:5 “Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward; he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.” First, we must care for our own soul if we hope to be of any good or help to others living outside the fellowship of faith. We care for our soul by being with him. I must look for him early in the garden until I find him before I dare to take on the day. -id