Matthew 26:36 "Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder."
The Garden of Gethsemane was a small garden. The Lord met with His disciples there. This garden represents the hard and trying times. God allows us to be there from time to time. Sometimes we even feel like God is nowhere around. But He never leaves us or forsakes us. Hebrews 13:5 "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
The word Gethsemane means oil press. Sometimes our burdens are so heavy that we feel like we're in the oil press. Just as the olive has to be pressed in the oil press in order to get that precious olive oil so does the Christian have to be pressed from time to time to get that preciousness of the Spirit to be evident in our lives.
When Jesus went to the garden He was very sorrowful. His heart was very heavy. Matthew 26:37 "And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy." He knew what awaited Him. This garden was not beautiful. It does not represent beauty and peacefulness. It is a garden of heaviness. I picture it as a barren place. It seems rough and rugged and filled with rocks and no trees.
The barren places in our lives are hard. We need to resolve to let God's will be done. God wants to be the One we seek in those times we don't know what to do. We need to continue to seek Him even when you feel you can't find Him.
When the Gethsemane experience comes your life will change. You will either get mad at God and walk away from Him or you will get closer to Him. Our response should not be to get angry at Him for your trial or valley. Ask Him to help you and give you the wisdom to learn what He is trying to teach you.
I'm about to say something that is very difficult to do...but we need to thank Him for the valley. He tells us to be thankful FOR ALL things and IN ALL things. I Thessalonians 5:18 "(In) every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." Ephesians 5:20 "Giving thanks always (for all) things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;" There will be someone else that will go through what you're going through and you will be able to help them through it because you've been there. Just be still and know that He is God!!