THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
IN GOD’S GARDEN …
“I COME TO THE GARDEN ALONE”
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.
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.
I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.
This morning, during my special time alone with God, my heart was sad for “what might have been”. May is a month that is difficult for me; having lost my daughter, an only child; leaving me with no child and no grandchildren of my own. Furthermore, Susan’s funeral was held on my thirty-fourth birthday, May 31st, 1984. So with both Mother’s Day and my birthday being in the Month of May, it is a time of both sweet and bittersweet memories for me.
But that isn’t where I want to focus my thoughts or my ‘words to you’ this morning. Into my saddened heart this morning came the words of an old Gospel Hymn that I have not heard since I was just a little girl. I found myself singing aloud all of the words from memory as “I COME TO THE GARDEN ALONE” to spend some sweet and healing time with my Heavenly Father, Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior, and in the Presence of the Holy Spirit. I found a renewed release of the loss and joy in the tears flowing from my eyes and down my face. For I was reminded, AS PART OF GOD’S FAMILY, we are never truly all alone.
I do want to add that God has blessed me with many over the years that have become part of the “Family Of My Heart”, and I treasure each one of them and the part they have played in my life; both young and old. For God truly does have “A PLAN” for each life, and HE gave to me this prayer for each individual one of you and for me. “GO WITH GOD ALWAYS”, and find some time to “COME TO HIM IN THE GARDEN WHERE HE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU” …
“Abba Father, thank You for knowing us. Thank You for loving us. Thank You for being concerned and powerful; always willing and able to act on our behalf. For You tell us that each hair of our head You have numbered for we are that ‘real’ to You. You tell us that You see each tear we cry, and You catch each one to hold close. You loved all mankind so much that You sent Thy Son – Christ Jesus to suffer and die for us; bringing to us the Eternal Gift Of Salvation if we will only choose to open our heart’s door and invite Him into our life. When Jesus stepped out of that tomb; He had defeated our greatest enemy – death, hell, and the grave. And when it was time for Jesus to leave this earth to return to His Rightful Place at Your Right Hand upon thy Throne; He promised to send us a Comforter in the Holy Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit with us every moment that we walk upon this earth as a Born-Again Child Of The Living God. We truly are never alone when we have JESUS! We also have another promise that Jesus gave to us. HE IS RETURNING ONE DAY and all GOD’S CHILDREN will spend ETERNITY WITH HIM in a PLACE where no more sorrow or pain or death can touch us ever again. And we will be reunited with all those who have gone on before. I will be with my daughter once again, and with so many others who have gone on before me. GOD IS FOR REAL and that is why I am free to live without bitterness or pain or guilt. In Jesus’ Name, I ask that You, Father God, will comfort those who are lonely and hurting as you have me this day. AMEN”
Part of learning to Count My Blessings is accepting that many of them I would not have chosen if it had been left to me. I must first give up any attempt to compare what was with what might have been. By accepting GOD as my SHEPHERD, I must also accept the PATH that HE sets me upon, and the blessings from whatever circumstances of life. Deep and lasting INNER PEACE comes from TRUSTING IN GOD and HIS PLAN … in all things and for all times.
ECCLESIASTES 3:1: “To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven …”
JEREMIAH 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” saith the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”
My friends and family, I truly do love you and I pray one day we will all gather together with Jesus in a land of great peace and harmony … reunited with all those who go on before us.
Ministry Of New Hope
P.S. And I am not alone. This evening, I will be sharing dinner with a very special friend and one who over the years has truly become ‘family’; a “brother of my heart’, as well as a Brother in the Family of God.
** HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY