This hidden gem on the Havasupai Reservation is called the desert’s “Garden of Eden.” One can only access it by a ten mile descent by foot or mule. I made this trek as a teenager with a group of others. I can still remember the awe I felt when coming across the cascading turquoise water! It was a welcomed sight after the dry, hot and dusty trail. We had to pack in our own water for drinking, but splashing in the water was a relief from the relentless sun.
Today’s verse mentions rivers of delights. The Lord’s presence is described as a dwelling place where there is feasting and abundance. His presence quenches the thirst of our souls. His unfailing love (verse 7) is a refuge and a delight. The Garden of Eden in Scripture was a literal place near four rivers given as landmarks (Gen. 2:10-14). The word, “Eden” in Hebrew means “delight.” And there, His presence was a delight to Adam and Eve. It was His presence that made it not only a garden but a garden of delight.
That same delight in my Lord’s presence is still possible. Because He has paid the penalty for my sin, I can walk and talk with Him in that garden of delight. There is delight when I can forget about past failures. I am delighted to realize that nothing can ever separate me from His love. No other relationship can give me the level of consistent delight that He offers! My Garden of Eden is a deep, peaceful place of relationship. He is always there, waiting for my return.
Help me Lord, to find that place of delight today.