Ian Urriola – Nov. 7, 2012
During my first trip to the Secret Garden, I came upon an old beggar. I took pity on him and asked him what he wanted. He responded: “For you to seek justice, for you to love kindness, and for you to walk humbly with God.”
I thought it to be an odd response, but I threw a coin in his cup and went on my way. Some time passed, and I came upon a gardener. I asked her if she would like any help. “Of course!” she replied with a smile.
“Ok what do you need me to do?” I responded as I rolled up my sleeves and prepared to get dirty.
But she simply said “I want you to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God,” and she went back to her work.
Perplexed I slowly backed away, and as I did, I bumped into the mighty king. “I’m so sorry your majesty!” I exclaimed, “What can I do to earn your forgiveness?”
“Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God,” he answered as he continued his walk.
What a weird place, I thought to myself. Is that all anybody has to say? I decided I needed to clear my head, so I went to the well and got a cup of water. All of a sudden, I saw my Lord, and I fell on my knees in praise.
“Get up, this is not the praise I seek. What good are you in in that position?” my Lord gently said.
I slowly got up, and asked my Lord “Well then how should I praise you?”
My Lord answered “Praise me by seeking justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with your God.”
It finally hit me.
I’ve gone back to the Secret Garden a few times after that, and I hope that I may one day venture back. But ever since that first visit, whenever I am asked “what do you want?” I find myself answering “for you to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God”.