WEEK 1

A GARDEN ROMANCE

GOD THE LOVER

 “Did I not see you in the garden with Him? John 18:26

 

God loves to spend time in gardens. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.  And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;
Genesis 2: 8&9

Jesus also spent much time in gardens when on earth. When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples .  And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. John 18: 1&2.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir. John 20:15.

Of all the things that led to Peter’s heartbroken tears after denying Jesus was that sentence; “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” John 18:26.

What a memory that must have brought to him. The Bible tells us that Jesus often went to that particular garden to meditate and to pray and Peter was with him at least on one such occasion. 
John 18:2. 

Gardens evoke different things in different people.

We tend to think of God mainly as God Almighty, Father, Master, etc. but our God is also a lover! He wants us to experience the romantic side of Him as our Lover.

Yes, He is our creator, our Master, our Savior, our Lord. But He is also our Lover.

How painful it must be to God when we always approach Him only in a servant-to-Master fashion, feeling unworthy of His love. 

Most husbands while appreciating respect from their wives also want their wives to be romantic with them.
 

As a lover, God wants us to spend time alone with Him in the intimacy of heart to heart communion. He wants to befriend us. He wants us to enjoy Him. He wants us to be confident of His love for us. He wants to share His secrets with us. He wants us to share His pains and sorrows and He wants to be invited to share in ours.

God wants to be romantic with us.

We need our hearts to be open to this new dimension of God as our Lover, who indeed likes to spend time with us in gardens.

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