Does your soul have a safe place to come out? A place that is quiet and still where it tentatively creeps out of hiding and into the light, to be honest, and speak the truth about how you really feel, what you truly think, what’s going on under the mask? Does your soul know where to go to meet face to face with your God?
For me, it is a garden, that I named Eden because it is there that I go to walk in the cool of the day with God. The first time I set foot into Eden, I knew I could come out from behind the bush and not be scared of my nakedness. I know God’s presence is with me always but there is something special about the garden. Each time we come to meet I know God will do a special work and heal my soul.
The first thing I do when I enter the garden is to take a breath, a long deep breath. I’m aware that breathing up until now has been quick and short. As I begin to walk I am conscious of my hurried pace and I begin to slow down so that the click of my step on the path is drawn out. Nothing needs to be rushed in the garden. This place and time are set aside for holy work.
As I slow down my senses open up and become enlivened. I see, I smell, I hear differently. They become more full and complete. I seek out the same view each time to see how the perspective has changed as time passes between visits. The view is big, the sky is limitless because that is the God I want to give my heart to. Not one in a box or defined by a list, but one that can encompass all. His love must have no end. He must be free and wild.
I recognize that this place, though safe is not without fear or pain. To expose our soul fully and freely, to really listen to the what it feels in the deepest places will stir up much. To face the person in the mirror will mean we will come to know them. Only a God of immeasurable love can listen and heal and bring to life the beauty that up until now we’ve been too afraid to see in ourselves.
Do not step into the safe place unaware, but do so with courage and with an expectation to meet with your God and meet who you truly are. God’s love is steadfast and he is always in the business of redeeming and restoring life. You are no exception, my friend.
“As for me, nearness to God is good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may recount all Your works.”