This week at My Freshly Brewed Life, we are reading and studying Song of Solomon 2:8-17. Feel free to join in on this fabulous in-depth study with Barbie and share how God is speaking to you through these verses. This week Charis of at the gate called beautiful is leading us through the following verses.
8 Listen! My beloved! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”
14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
15 Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.
16 My beloved is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies.
17 Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the rugged hills.
As I pondered these verses this week, I was reminded of the newness of spring! A new beginning for many plants, flowers and trees. A freshness to our surroundings.
11 See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.12 Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.13 The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
By the time spring comes...many of use are just begging for it. We long for days filled with sun, where we can get out in the garden and hear the birds singing, see flowers in bloom and smell all the wonderful fragrances this new season is filled with. The dirt, salt and sand that accumulates over the winter is washed away with the rain. A fresh beauty of the world comes to life! We have been designed by Him to respond to this both emotionally and physically. But we are also designed to have this desire spiritually. Here God is calling us to come out of our dreariness and depressions. He desires to breathe into us a joy and beauty that only He can give. He calls to us with promises of everlasting love and unfailing kindness.
The LORD appeared to us from afar, saying:“I have loved you with an everlasting love;I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.Jeremiah 31:3
God is in a constant pursuit of us, desiring to have an intimate, long lasting, satisfying relationship with us. He calls on us, where ever we are, with open arms, to be apart of every aspect of our lives, we only need to respond.
14 My dove in the clefts of the rock,in the hiding places on the mountainside,show me your face, let me hear your voice;for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
Once we are willing to meet Him and begin afresh, have our dirt washed away(sins forgiven), then we will be able to say;
16 My beloved is mine and I am his;
That my friend, is not just a springtime fling....but a love everlasting...oh to have such a relationship!