And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed Genesis 2:8 KJV
Without a doubt one of the most loved hymns at the nursing home I visit is In the Garden. This week voices that have sung those words for nearly a century joined in on the chorus; “And He walks with me, and He talks with me.” Then we talked about gardens. A garden was the first place that God made for man. The garden was the place where Adam and Eve could walk with God. In chapter three it says that God came and walked through the garden in the cool of the day. He called their name and yet because they had sinned, they hid.
Then for thousands of years man could no longer walk innocently with God until something happened in another garden: the garden of Gethsemane. There Jesus went to pray, and He asked His Father to spare Him from the agony of the cross and yet if there was no other way; Jesus would still drink the cup so that we could be restored.
Just three days later in a third garden Mary came to His tomb. The Bible tells us that it was so early that it was still dark. Like the words from the hymn, “The dew was still on the roses.” Jesus came as the gardener and called Mary by name. In that garden God again came in the cool of the day. There He began to call your name and mine to come and walk with Him and talk with Him because at Calvary He made us His own!