Sunday, March 19, 2017
The Secret Garden Chronicles: Surely The Presence of the Lord Is In This Place
Yesterday afternoon I spent some time in the Secret Garden after a busy day of cooking and celebrating my son's birthday. It was quiet and peaceful and so very comforting to just sit there in the garden and rest for a few minutes at the close of the day. I was thankful for my son, whose birthday we celebrated, as he was the one who helped to initiate the whole idea of the Secret Garden when he presented me with the beautifully refurbished garden bench for Christmas.
Also yesterday afternoon I transplanted some azalea bushes from the sunny, hot front side of the house to the Secret Garden, because they weren't surviving in their original location, and I pray the cool shade of the Secret Garden will be a better place for them to grow and thrive. I wanted to give them a second chance at life...because isn't that what Jesus did for us when we accepted Him as our Savior? We began life anew when we were born again into His family.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
II Corinthians 5:17 KJV
I hope someday when people come to the Secret Garden they will know that there was a lot of love here...and that they will feel the Presence of the Lord in this place.
As I sat there listening to the sounds of the birds singing in the trees above and around me, I just couldn't help but start singing this song (the chorus is all I knew, but this video has the whole song, which is so beautiful)
"Surely The Presence of the Lord Is In This Place"
"You will show me the path of life;
In Your Presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
I pray you will have a blessed and peaceful, glorious
day in the Presence of the Lord,
wherever you are!