Monday, August 27, 2012
In the Garden
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!
He speaks and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that he gave to me,
Within my heart is ringing . . .
This song was written by a pharmacist and photographer, C. Austin Miles. One day as he was developing some film, he had a vision of Mary Magdelene waiting in the garden, looking for the body of her Lord. The thought was so touching to him that he quickly wrote out this beautiful hymn.
Francis Frangipane noted that Jesus was eager for his disciples and friends to touch him when he met with them later. It was only Mary Magdelene that he pulled away from because "He had not yet returned to His Father." The point Francis made was that the pain and dispair of his dear friend was enough to interrupt his own trip back to commune with the Father. He let all Heaven and His beloved Father God Himself wait so that he could comfort her. If that doesn't touch your heart, then you need some serious soul searching.
We still have the same opportunity today. We can come into the garden of fellowship with Him every morning, just like Mary Magdelene did--with the same passion, pain and urgency--and find Him waiting there, willing to place all of Heaven itself on hold to meet with us. Even the most barren place can bloom in His presence, becoming more radiant than even the picture above. He even promises this in His word to those He has grafted into Zion:
The Lord will surely comfort Zion
and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
he will make her deserts like Eden,
her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
Take some time with Him today, whether it's mid-day, evening or early tomorrow morning. I promise on His authority that He will not fail to meet you there. He said, "They will find Me if they seek Me with all their hearts," and He hasn't changed since He made that promise. Just talk to Him as you would a healthy Father and dear friend. He is willing to be both for you if you will let Him.
Tomorrow, I'll give a short road map for spending each day with Him and learning to hear his voice.