Week 21 Day 4
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
Isaiah 43:11-12- I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
You have probably seen this famous painting before. It is a portrayal of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Painted by Heinrich Hofmann in 1890 and expresses well what is written in the gospel accounts of Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42 and Luke 22:39-46.
I found a print of this painting in an antique shop in Great Valley New York and purchased it for the ridiculously low price of $10.00/ The print hangs in my dining room where I am able to glance at it from time to time and be reminded that it was there that Jesus prayed for me. It was there that He stepped up to the challenge of taking on the burden of my sin. It was there that He became my God. It was there that He resolved to wait for me to come to the end of myself and turn to find Him waiting there with outstretched arms.
The right to claim exclusivity as God, as Lord and Savior finds its legitimacy in the fact of the experience of the Garden. In the very words Jesus spoke to our Father, “Nevertheless, not my will, but Thy will be done”. That is why I love Him. That is why I praise Him. That is why I serve Him.