One thing I enjoyed about our vacation last month was the lush variety of plants lining the pathways at Silver Dollar City. I know that the higher humidity and lower altitude played a big role in producing such bounty, but that didn’t stop me from pausing to admire the colorful foliage and flowers surrounded by tall shade trees.

It reminded me of a time during my college days in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Just months before graduation, I discovered a garden-like park hidden away in a neighborhood near where I was student-teaching. Paths wound between bushes and flowerbeds all in bloom. Overhead, trees bore new leaves and birds filled the air with singing as sweet as the aroma of spring blossoms.

The garden beckoned and I longed to spend hours meandering to explore every corner. If only there had been a special someone to walk with hand-in-hand, sharing our dreams and whispering the secrets of our hearts. Simply walking and talking in the garden in the cool of the day.

Yet, there was. And still is.

Because God longs to spend time with me. He wants to walk around with me through every day. Just like back in the Garden of Eden, He comes “walking in the garden of the cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8). It’s up to me whether I will come out of hiding and “keep in step” with Him (Galatians 5:25).

A family vacation at a crowded amusement park reminded me of how much I long to spend time walking in the garden with God. I wonder which path we’ll take and what we’ll talk about today.

What about you? Do you have a favorite place to walk? Do you walk with God through all of life or only select portions?

Walking in the Garden
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  • August 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm
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    >I'd like to think that I'm walking with God 24 hours a day. I feel that I am, but I know that I drag Him into places where I shouldn't be – probably often.
    Still, I feel His love, understanding and forgiveness.

    Glad you had a beautiful and peaceful vacation. I, too, love the serenity of nature. 🙂

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