From the Heart of Pastor Ruby...
"In The Garden"
C. Austin Miles wrote a song called, "In the Garden." The lyrics, "And
He walks with me and he talks with me, And He tells me I am His own," help to explain my interest in the architectural
setting of the garden. I expect that when I go to the garden of my life that Jesus will meet me there. I expect
that when I go to the garden of my life that Jesus will meet me there. I expect that when I go to the garden of my life
safety and security will surround me. I expect that as long as I abide in the garden nothing can harm me. I have
a collection of poetry called, "The Message from the Garden." All of the poems in this collection were inspired
by my visits to various gardens. The garden may be in a Metro Park, in my backyard or just sitting under an oak tree.
Its location is not important as long as I can look up while being surrounded by nature.
As I read John 18:1-11 NIV, I entered the narrative with Jesus. This sheepfold-like entrance spoken of in John 10, prepared
the way for its reader to begin to feel the security of being in Jesus' presence. Because John does not dwell on the
name of this garden, it allows the reader to imagine any garden. I imagined the Garden of Eden, where creation began;
where everything that we need can be found. I don't dwell on the fall but on the return back to the garden (vs. 1).
John alerts us to the fact that evil knows where good abides and will seek it out (vs. 1). John alerts us to the fact
that evil knows where good abides and will seek it out (vs. 1-2). Now evil was the cause of the fall in the creation
but John sends out a message in this narrative that Jesus will not allow evil to enter this garden. Jesus went out to
meet it (vs. 4). As children of God, w must understand that the security of the garden goes with us when we lean and
depend on Jesus. The battles that we face are not our battles but Lord's. "Put your sword away!"
Jesus gave his life to save (vs. 11) "What a friend we have in Jesus" We must allow Him to become the
gardener of our life. (John 20: 15 - 16 NIV).