Hello. Calvary Family! I greet you in the mighty matchless Name of Jesus. The Hymn “In the Garden” by C. Austin Miles, shares a wonderful experience of God’s comforting presence throughout our lives. God is there through good and bad times. The chorus says, “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 have ever known.” But that level of intimacy requires something from us. Like the opening line in the Hymn declares, we must come to God, often alone, humble and vulnerable with an expectant hope that He will be with us and provide just what we need. That’s not often acceptable to us because we feel so destitute and far from God’s presence most times because of our sin (anything we do outside of God’s Will).
In Genesis Chapter 2, God tells Adam and Eve to be faithful to Him so He can keep them safe. Unfortunately, like most children they did not follow instructions. Sure, they were tempted by the enemy but they still chose to disobey a direct command from God in Chapter 3. Had they come to God with the transgression, I believe He would have restored them. But they pulled away and hid from God in shame (1 John 1:9-10; Genesis 3:9). Yes, they used to run to His presence but this time when they heard Him coming they ran. In a moment of beautiful loving outreach, God said, “Adam, where are you (Genesis 3:9)? Alone and separated from God is where the enemy wants us so he can destroy us (St. John 10:10). But God is constantly pursuing us with love that will not stop until we come to the garden of His presence.
During the season of Lent, run toward God in prayer, fasting and repentance. He’s waiting to restore you. This is not a time of mourning alone but a time of rejoicing because Jesus now holds the key to our salvation. Remember after that faithful Good Friday sacrifice, Resurrection Sunday is coming. God is missing you. When God calls your name, don’t be afraid to come to Him and accept His love. For He loves and cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7)! My God richly bless you with His Love, Mercy and Grace.
Pastor Jabulani McCalister