by Araina Kazia Pereira, Christian Today
As a kid, the classic novel The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, was one of my favorites. It follows the story of a selfish wealthy girl who becomes orphaned and is sent to live with her uncle. When she gets to her uncle’s home, her life begins to look very different to what it used to.
Against the will of the housekeeper, the little girl goes looking for a walled garden that belonged to her late aunt. Upon finding the garden and a key to get in, the little girl begins to spend a lot of her time in the garden tending to the weeds that have grown over the flowers.
As she spends time transforming the garden, and spending time caring for it; she becomes considerate, kinder, bubbly and less selfish. As the flowers started to blossom again in the garden, so did a joyful spirit in her.
Why am I telling you this? Well there are two reasons. Firstly, if you haven’t read the book as a child, you are truly missing out on a classic and should go and take a read of it. Secondly, this story depicts so closely the effects of spending time in our own ‘secret place.’
Now, before you think I’m on some loopy mystical buzz, the term ‘secret place’ comes up in both the Old and New Testament. Depending on the translation you read, other words for it that are used are ‘shelter’ and ‘dwelling.’
The more time that is spent in the secret place, the more one is transformed into a better version of themselves.
The secret place or the dwelling in the Bible refers to one’s relationship with God. To meet with him in our quiet time, to ‘dwell’ in his presence, to take time out from our busy schedules to spend with him.
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