“The man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze …” (from Genesis chapter 3, verse 8)
You may recall that when Adam and Eve heard the Lord’s footsteps, they tried to hide because by this time they knew of their nakedness.
For me, the continuing story of their downfall does not detract from the idea of our God enjoying some refreshing coolness as the day drew to a close, and doing so in a garden.
It is a particularly appropriate image at this time of year when some parts of the country are in the midst of a heat wave. After tea may well be the best time to venture out, when the sun’s heat has diminished.
Going back to scripture, the Creator’s evening stroll prefigures the Son’s walking on earth, and not only walking, of course, but eating and drinking, talking and teaching, helping and healing, celebrating and suffering.
Living as one of us, dying for the sake of us, rising to save us.
Laid to rest, just briefly, in a tomb in a garden where he was actually mistaken for the gardener by Mary Magdalene.
Graveyards today can be peaceful places, ideal for contemplation, and sometimes as beautifully tended as public parks designed for the recreation for the living. I’m sure you’ve known someone who chose their burial plot very carefully so that they would be able to enjoy a nice view!
As for those who wish to come and remember their loved ones who have been laid to rest, there are usually benches where we might sit for a while and reminisce, give thanks, pray, or even sob our heart out …
Although we now have more freedom to socialise, it looks as if many individuals are keeping up the habit of walking.
And it’s good that we are now allowed to enjoy a seat on a public bench, where we can watch the rest of the world go by.
If you look very closely, you may spot the rabbit in this photo!