I love contemporary worship songs but there are a few old hymns that I still dearly favor. One of the best to me is “In the Garden.” It speaks of a secret garden where the soul meets daily with her Lord. The refrain goes: “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.”
This is a good song for me to remember when I get too caught up in task mode. Even in my prayer life, I sometimes become analytical and focused on the mechanical issues of making intercession and looking for results. But really, at the base of all prayer, is relationship – and romance makes for the best relationships.
Lest we think that God is above having romance with us, he gave us the beautiful Song of Solomon to coax us to long for him as a lover. Here’s one of the things the Bridegroom says to the Bride: “‘O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret place of the steep pathway, let me see your form, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your form is lovely.'” (Song of Solomon 2:14) These eight short chapters draw us to experience God’s amazing love on an emotional level. “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me.” (SS 7:10) Doesn’t that sound enticing?
If you are tired or anxious or overwhelmed, draw away with him as he is calling for you. When you return to the daily routine, you will see that everything will have changed. Love will have lifted your burdens.
Tell me, have you been to the garden lately?