Yesterday evening we watched a show on BBC America called, “James May’s Toy Story” The episode title was, “Paradise in Plasticine.” Plasticine is modeling clay that is oil based so that it does not dry out like water based clay. James May said, “Ever since William Harbutt, a teacher, invented Plasticine in the late 19th century, it has been endlessly used to model things like small penguins in bow ties, or an unconvincing two-inch-high Eiffel Tower. . . It’s high time the full expressive breadth of this modelling medium was revealed.”
With that in mind, Mays approached the Royal Horticultural Society and eventually received permission to display his “garden” made entirely of Plasticine at the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show. Although this garden was not the “best of show.” The RHS did award Mays with a Plasticine Gold Medal and the garden went on to win a “People’s Choice Award.”
Paradise in Plasticine was a beautiful garden and I am certain the entire flower show was an horticultural paradise. But neither Mays’ Plasticine garden nor the natural gardens at Chelsea could compare to the Paradise that God created for man in the beginning nor can they compare to the Garden of Paradise that awaits His children. Peter succinctly stated, “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!” (2 Peter 3:11-12 ESV).