One of my favorite hymns is In the Garden.
I come to the garden alone….He walks with me; and He talks with me; and He tells me I am His own….
When we are feeling overwhelmed, we often go to our place of comfort and safety. Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray before He faced the cross. After the last supper, He needed time in solitude. Although the disciples went with Him, He eventually secluded Himself for a time to only hear the voice of His Father.
Adam and Eve were in a perfect garden. When they found themselves “naked and ashamed”, God asked them, “Where are you?” God walked in the Garden desiring to meet them in their distress and shame. Imagine yourself either physically or metaphorically in the Garden of your loss, worry, pain, joy, change, or….. Whatever brings you to the garden of your seeking and solitude, imagine God walking with you asking, “Where are you _____?” Put your name in the blank and say it out-loud, or imagine in your mind, God speaking to your heart.
Perfect Jesus asked God to remove the cup of suffering. It’s okay to have honest conversations. Closing our honesty with the words of Jesus, “Not my will, but Yours be done!”, allows us to release and acknowledge God’s sovereignty and purpose in our lives.
This week, leading up to resurrection Sunday, walk in the garden with Jesus. Talk to Him. Read Psalm 32:8. God has his loving eye on you. He will instruct you. On Good Friday nail your thoughts, conversations, and concerns to the cross. As you wait in anticipation of resurrection Sunday, fast and pray–listen and trust. When Sunday comes put on your finest and rejoice! He is risen! I believe that God has redeemed! It is finished!
A great worship song for your garden experience!