Continuing my Garden Prayer Walk – the Olive Tree:
This reminds me of the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives.
Gethsemane always speaks to me of Jesus’ humanity. He really would rather not have gone to the cross. If there had been any other way, He would have taken it – and yet ‘not my will, but yours be done’ [Luke 22:42]. And ‘for the joy set before him, he endured the cross’ [Hebrews 12:2].
What joy? The joy of knowing that His death would reconcile us to God, and not only us, but all things:
‘For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him [Jesus], and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.’ [Colossians 1:19,20]
My prayer: Thank You, Jesus, that You were prepared to go to the cross so that I might be reconciled to Father God.
May I not forget this when times are hard, but have the same spirit as James wrote about, considering it ‘pure joy’ when I face the trials of life [James 1:2], knowing that those trials will test my faith and develop perseverance [Romans 5:1-5], the ability to hang on in there and not give up.
May I also not forget that a servant is not greater than his/her Master [John 13:16 and 15:20]. Just as You suffered, we too will suffer. But our sufferings are as nothing compared to Yours; and our sufferings are ‘not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us’ [Romans 8:18].
‘and the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast’ [1Peter 5:10].
Gethsemane means ‘Oil Press’:
‘There is no oil without squeezing the olives,
No wine without pressing the grapes,
No fragrance without crushing the flowers, and
No real joy without sorrow.
So when you are pressed,
God is just bringing out the best in you.’
More in this series here.