DayBreaks for 12/05/13 – In the Garden of Crushing
Luke 22:41 (NLT) He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed…
A number of years ago a couple traveled to the offices of an Adoption Society in England to receive a baby. They had been on the waiting list a long time. They had been interviewed and their lives carefully examined. Now, on this day, at last their dreams were to be fulfilled. But their day of happiness was the day of another’s pain.
Arriving at the offices of the Society they were led up the stairs to a waiting room. After a few minutes they heard someone else climbing the stairs. It was the young student mother whose baby was to be adopted. She was met by the lady responsible for the adoption arrangements and taken into another room. Our friends heard a muffled conversation and a few minutes later footsteps on the stairs as the young mother left. They heard her convulsive sobbing until the front door of the office was closed. Then, there was silence.
The lady in charge then called them next door. In a little crib was a six week old baby boy. On a chair beside it was a brown paper bag containing a change of clothes and two letters. One of these, addressed to the new parents, thanked them for providing a home for her baby and acknowledged that under the terms of the adoption each would never know the other’s identity. Then the young mother added one request. Would they allow her little son to read the other letter on his eighteenth birthday? She assured them that she had not included any information about her identity. The couple entrusted that letter to a lawyer and on his eighteenth birthday the young man will read the message which his mother wrote on the day, when with breaking heart, she parted with him.
I wonder what she wrote? What would I write? If I had to condense all I feel about life and love into a few words what would I say? I would have no time for trivia. I would not be concerned about economics, politics, the weather, the size of house or the type of car. At such a time I would want to dwell on the profundities, on what life was all about and what things were absolutely essential.
I know that Jesus was fully aware of God’s plan because He helped create it. He was not an unwilling or unwitting participant. He parted from his Father…and thirty-some years later he would return. I wonder what God said to Jesus when he prayed in the garden, what words did they exchange? I don’t know, but I would suspect that there was more to it than just asking for the cup to be taken away. I suspect that there were words of comfort, encouragement, and deep, deep love passed between them as Jesus knelt in the dust and in his robe of flesh trembled at the specter he faced.
Words are precious because the people they are direct towards are precious.
The woman in the story will never meet her son again. It is a tragic tale, but also was a blessing for the adoptive parents. Somehow, love always finds a way to win…even through great pain, and even in the garden of crushing.
PRAYER: Jesus, how I wonder what you and the Father spoke of in the garden. Thank you that His and Your pain was turned into blessing for us, by love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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