The Garden

Gardens by nature are beautiful.  They are not only beautiful to look at, but many gardens provide the nutrients necessary to sustain life.  There is one garden, the Garden of Gethsemane, that was the place of sorrow and comfort for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus went to the Garden with a heavy heart because He knew that He was going to suffer betrayal that would lead to his death on the cross.  The Garden was a lonely place for Him but in the midst of it, He prayed to God asking if ‘this cup could pass from Him.’ Jesus stayed in that Garden until He was able to lay down His will and carry out the will of His Father.  Jesus was a weak man when He entered the Garden but He left the Garden totally submitted to God in spite of the fact that it would mean His death.  Prayer was the key that transformed Jesus into our Savior, and the price He paid for the forgiveness of our sins was great and we should not take it for granted.  Where would we be if it wasn’t for Calvary?  We would be lost and would die without any hope of eternal life.

The Garden was crucial to Jesus yielding to God’s will, and it is also crucial to us today.  At some point in your life you will have to make a decision as to whether or not you will obey God and your decision will affect the rest of your life.   Your journey on earth will contain many trials and tribulations as Jesus told us, so you must be prepared when those times come.  You will be successful if you have a transparent relationship with your heavenly Father.  The flesh is weak but the spirit is strong, and it is the spirit of God within you that will enable you say ‘not my will but your will be done.’  You might feel alone at times but remember Jesus promised that He would never leave nor forsake you.  Believe that.  Trust in that.

If you do not already have one, prepare a garden of your own.  Let it be the one place that is special to you and God.  Open yourself up to God and He will be there to give you exactly what you need when you need it.  Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them in your garden.  I promise you that God will always provide the nourishment and nutrients you need to survive.