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Today's Devotional Reading
I Come To The Garden Alone

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Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psalms 16:11).

Pausing to consider God, I have felt the world slip away. The concerns of this life and the worries of the day quickly fade into the background in comparison to Him. He towers above the circumstances and does not give way to the pressures of my day. He is the same today, tomorrow and forever.
I come to Him and I am reborn. I am filled with the newness of my first words heard from Him. My spirit is rejuvenated and my passions rekindled, and all within a few quiet and passing moments.
It is not looking to Him that is difficult, but looking away from my concerns of my life that is so hard to do. They are like so many leaves of a bush that grow thicker and thicker about me. They become a giant hedge that cloud my eyes and hide the Light from my view, and they hide the light in me so that no one else can see the Light that resides in me. And giving those concerns my attentions, I effectively hide my light beneath a bushel when it should be on a lampstand so as to give light to all who are in the house.
The writer of an old and familiar hymn relates an experience of personal fellowship with God within the scene of a morning stroll through a garden. The writer has come to the garden alone, "and the dew is still on roses." The voice of God softly speaks, and it is so sweet that the "birds hush their singing." And within the verses of this song we find the testimony of one touched by a precious moment with the Lord.
Coming to God requires certain things of us. In particular, if we are desiring to be with Him we have to be able to focus on Him. I am reminded of times I have been talking with someone only to notice a blank stare in his or her eyes. The person is there physically but not in spirit. To be with God it is necessary that we be able to give Him our undivided attention--to shut out that which distracts and draws us away from Him when we so desperately desire to draw near.
Therefore, we must come to Him alone. It is not enough that we come to Him at times in a solitary fashion, as in a prayer closet away from other people, we must come also without anything. We must leave our baggage at the door. Sure, there is a need to address the baggage in our time with God, but there is also need to come to God without any thought of any external thing we happen to be dealing with in our lives at a given time. Coming to God alone should occasionally be in such a way that we come to be with Him--just to be with Him--leaving our concerns, needs and worries at the door.
The idea is this: focusing on our problems will often cause us to remain focused on our problems and make it hard to find solutions. But as we come to God and clear our minds of anything but Him, we will be able to hear what He says in regard to our problems, we will be able to worship Him and we will be able to come away from our time renewed. When our purpose for coming to Him is simply to be with Him, we will come away with so much more. Sometimes we just need to leave it all at the door, and seek nothing more than pleasant fellowship and come to the garden--alone.

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