|Title: Tug & Arnie, In The Gardener’s Hands
Author: Kyle Cook
Audience: Childrens (2-6) Fiction Christian
Publication Date: Jul 1, 2011
Hardback ISBN: 978-0-9830760-0-1
Description: When Tug was a little bug he’d sit on his father’s knee and listen to his father tell stories of his adventures in the Gardener’s tree. So Tug was excited to finally be a grown up bug with the whole garden open for him to explore.Say hello to Tug and Arnie, a traveling bug and a working bee who are at the start of an amazing adventure to explore the Gardener’s tree.
Read about how the unlikely duo meet and come to know the Gardener; and discover the Biblical truths he teaches regarding true friendship and safe travels.
The story of Tug and Arnie was inspired by the truth that is found in the gospel of John Chapter 15 where Jesus compares himself to the vine and calls us his branches and God the father is the vine dresser the gardener. There to prune and tend the vines and its branches to assure growth and fruition.
We are encouraged to abide in the vine, in Jesus, and then he will abide in us. Encouraging in us the ability to bear fruit, while providing the nutrition needed to endure the pruning in other words the trials we face. It is also the only place we can find true rest confident that no matter what if we remain attached to Jesus, he will display his glory through us.
In the Gardener's Hands finds its meaning in Job 12:10 where we are encouraged in the fact that everything is in God's hands.
Job 12:10 (Amplified) In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.
The Gardener's Tree is an expression of Jesus as the Vine (John 15:5) who invites us to find rest and comfort in him allowing God to work in him and through us to show the world his awesomeness and love.
John 1:1 (Amplified) IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.
John 1:4 (Amplified) In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
Jesus is the word¦the Bible¦Abide in Him!
The Gardener is a depiction of God the father (John 15:1) tending to the Tree and its branches assuring that fruition takes place by pruning and training the branches that bear fruit and lopping off the branches that do not.
Romans 8:28-29 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Hebrews 12:11 (NIV) No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Philippians 1:6 (NIV) being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Let us allow God to continue to train us to be like Christ!
Arnie the bee represents the Holy Spirit (John 15:4) and who is always with us, protecting, guiding and translating the matters of our heart to the Father God/The Gardener when we are unable to ourselves.
John 14:15-18 (Contemporary English Version) If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 I will ask the Father, and he will send another Companion, who will be with you forever. This Companion is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world can't receive because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be with you. I won't leave you as orphans. I will come to you.
John 16:13-14 (Contemporary English Version) However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you in all truth. He won't speak on his own, but will say whatever he hears and will proclaim to you what is to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and proclaim it to you.
Tug the bug is a representation of you and I (John 15:5), as he is on a journey to find rest and place to abide in the Gardener's Tree.
Isaiah 55:6 (NIV) Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near
Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.