How long has Plants vs. Zombies been out? At least seven or eight years I would guess. And yet, instead of playing Halo – I’m playing PVZ. Even more strange, I’m not even playing the main game! I’m spending my time cultivating my little zombie Zen Garden. Why is it so appealing? Probably for the same reason people enjoy Farmville or Minecraft. It is fun to build and create. It is fun to make something that actually works. I promise you, my real life attempts at gardening would never be so successful.
Yet here I am, adding water, fertilizer, and some music to make my little plants happy. I want them to be happy because when they are, they produce lots of little coins. So many coins that I’ve had to purchase a snail who goes around collecting the money. It is not a very reliable snail because it frequently takes naps and I have to wake it up by pouring water on it. I’m a pretty mean gardener.
There is something satisfying about taking care of something and watching it grow. The same thoughts can apply to friendship, to parenthood, to your career, to your calling. After all, according to Genesis, there was a garden from the beginning. A garden can be a place of wondrous happiness.
“He – I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk. Others – Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love” – Song of Solomon 5:1