While the Dew is Still on the Roses

10441466_10205042817645174_8265139601986918341_nFor those who grew up in the church there is probably a worship song or hymn you remember singing as a child that brings a smile to your face each time you hear it. For me this song is In the Garden (written by C. Austin Miles). All the kids in my Sunday School class would be on the edge of their seats waiting to be called to hold up the big 16 by 20 inch lyric book in front of the whole children’s church. You would get to go in front and turn the pages as the pianist played. Each page took you to a fantasy land where you could walk beside a real and beautiful savior in a lush garden filled with roses and baby animals. We all wanted so badly to be in that picture with him, holding hands with Jesus.

This last Sunday our worship band at Great Commission Christian Church sang In the Garden, and as I sang I think I was probably smiling from ear to ear thinking about those Sunday School memories. And as I smiled God whispered something in my ear. You see, I was thinking how great it would be to be innocent again, to feel pure and cleansed by God, to want to hold his hand and walk through fields of roses. While I my thoughts were drifting away into this fantasy land of my childhood, God said, “If you come to my garden you can be innocent again before the dew is even gone from the roses.” Then it struck me! Of course God is kind enough to meet me in my spiritual garden each morning when I wake up. He’s more than willing to listen to my thoughts and confessions before I have a chance to call or text a friend for advice. Not only that, He’s longing for me to enjoy his creation, walking through the garden of life.

What is your favorite Sunday School hymn? Does it remind you of your childhood innocence? If so, repent and then meditate on the words to this song. God can make you new, forgiven and cleansed, and excited to walk with Him each morning. Hallelujah!

Uploaded on Feb 20, 2011. Video created by Peter Tremblay. The traditional Hymn, “In The Garden” sung by Alan Jackson. I hope you enjoy the video. Lyrics are included in the video so you can sing along.
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4 thoughts on “While the Dew is Still on the Roses

  1. Marlin

    This hymn is one of my favorite since college. I used to sing it a lot during my younger days. It gives me a sense of sweet fellowship with the Lord. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. RP

    Chelsea, I am glad that God used this song like this for you. My mom had recently given me a copy of the hymnal we used every week of my childhood growing up in church. When I was flipping through it I came across this song and remembered my great grandmother. When I was a teenager I could remember her singing this song in church as a solo and it touching her a lot. At the time I did not understand why. After we sang the song this week I called my grandmother and she filled some gaps in my great grandmothers story for me. She was a talented musician who spent her young adult years singing in a lot of churches. She lived in a culture that went to church whether you were in relationship with Christ or not. She had a lifetime of failures and sin and struggles. But in her early eighties a few years before she died she trusted Jesus. It was around this time that she began to sing in church again.
    At the time I was one of those kids that spent his whole life growing up in a church but all my head knowledge about God only added up to fear and not trusting Him and loving Him with all that I am. Now as a middle aged adult who has experienced the grace of knowing Jesus Christ personally I can put all the disappointment of her life in a perspective focused not on her failures that I heard about growing up but on the repentance and grace she experienced late in life. And one day look forward to worshipping at the feet of Jesus with her (I bet we will sing this song).

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    1. sitathisfeet Post author

      Wow! Thank you for sharing your great-grandmother’s story. It goes to show that life is about the testimony, the positive changes God makes in our life. It can change others as well.

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  3. Tamara Hacker

    I always loved that song. I had forgotten about that big song book we used while singing that song . That was the good old days, when sunday school was so much fun. What a great group of kids.

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