When Jesus taught his disciples about praying he said, “…go into your room, close the door and pray to God who is unseen” (Mtt. 6:6). He too practiced that because he often withdrew from the crowds to a private place to pray. While some understand “your room” in a spiritual sense, it is, nevertheless, to be understood physically.
My most memorable and inspiring moments when I lived in Jerusalem were those times of solitude in the Garden of Gethsemane. Whether I was sitting under the shade of one of the two thousand year old olive trees or simply on a rock, or on a pew in the Basilica of Agony, I could feel surrounded by the presence of God.
I mentioned previously that most people seek God’s presence in times of sorrow or difficulties, and I am one of them. Often those were the times that sent me to Gethsemane, and there I felt completely loved, reassured and at peace. I felt rejuvenated and reinvigorated. Even today, when I bring my memory back to those moments, I still experience the Presence of God in a very special way.
That was my special experience; and everyone has or has had a special experience. I have also mentioned in previous posts that every life experience has a purpose, and the purpose is transformation. Actually, transformation is an encounter with God; the connection with the authentic and inner self ,or the soul.
Find or create that room that can serve as a reminder of your “Gethsemane moments” or the Garden of Gethsemane itself and experience God’s Presence.