Monday, April 16, 2012

In The Garden

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

     I just spent the last several hours this morning working in the vegetable garden that my husband planted a few weeks ago.  We have rows of okra, beans, corn and tomato plants along with peppers and squash.  We also have weeds!!!! 
     It may sound strange to people who haven’t heard this about me, but I  am not a big fan of vegetables.  I do eat some…but very few if they are hidden in a casserole with lots of cheese.  However I do love to watch them grow.
      As I was hoeing the weeds this morning, I couldn’t help but think of the song “In The Garden”.  We recently sang this song in church and it had been on my mind.  I thought of how peaceful it was for me this morning, working hard, but working on something as simple as turning the dirt over and getting rid of unwanted grass and weeds.  I wasn’t thinking about the problems of the world as I listened to the birds sing in the nearby trees.  I wasn’t thinking about my friend who just had surgery and has a long road of recovery ahead of her. And I wasn’t thinking of the regret and pain that so many of us face on a daily basis.  I was just “in the garden” working and thinking of how lucky I was.  No T.V, no cell phone, no internet.  Just the soft breeze, the gentle clanging of chimes, and the feeling of knowing my God was right beside me. 
     I hope that you will let God walk with you in your garden.  It doesn’t matter what kind of garden it is..all that matters is that you take time to be with Him..maybe while doing something you love.  You could be surrounded by a beautiful bed of roses, or the waves of the ocean.   Even unwanted weeds.  All that matters is that you are seeking Him, walking with Him, and feeling His presences.  
     We all reap what we sow, but time with God gives us the strength to continue the work. 
     I can’t wait for the day that I will walk through the gardens in Heaven surrounded by peace and joy.


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