From the very beginning (Genesis 2:8), mankind has been at home in a garden. In all the intervening years, many of us have found solace from the wearying effects of this poor fallen world among the flowers and herbs, trees and vines, vegetables and fruits— despite the intrusions of weeds, tares, and thorns.

Gardening has been rather artlessly defined as little more than growing and caring for plants as an enjoyable leisure activity, to produce food, or to create beautiful landscapes with pleasantly arranged flowers, shrubs, and trees. To be sure, for some, gardening is a form of exercise, a way to save money on food, or a way to ensure that fruits and vegetables are free from pesticides or other chemicals.

But it has also always been more than that.

On this episode of the Standfast podcast, Karen and George explore a bit of that as “something more.”