Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. [So I went with him,and when we were climbing the rocky steps up the hillside, my beloved shepherd said to me] O my dove, [while you are here] in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. [My heart was touched and I fervently sang to him my desire] Take for us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards [of our love], for our vineyards are in blossom. [She said distinctly] My beloved is mine and I am his! ~ Song of Solomon 2:13-16, Amplified
Come away. Daily we can climb into that sheltered and secret place in Him. During His earthly walk Jesus often went away by Himself into the hills to pray. At times it said He prayed all night. We may not often hide ourselves away to pray all night, but we must take time to steal away with Him daily, even if it’s only for moments at a time.
How do you steal away with Him? Find a quiet time and place and set all your attention, all your focus, all your love on Him and Him alone. Take your Bible, some worship music, a notebook to jot down your sweet communion with Him. Take the communion elements and meditate on His love. Take your favorite daily devotional. Read it and then talk to Him about it. Ask Him questions. Let Him hear your voice. Let Him see your face. For your voice is sweet and your face is lovely to Him.
In an ealier post I spoke of God being the Potter and us being the clay. We saw in 1 John 4:18 that we are to be made perfect in love. Also, in Hebrews 13:21 that God makes us what we ought to be (Amplified). We must yield ourselves to Him in order for Him to do this. He is a Gentleman. He will not force Himself or His ways on you. But He will make you and mold you if you let Him.
Now, in verse 15 of this passage in Song of Solomon it says, “Take for us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards [of our love]” (Amplified). As we spend time in His Presence through the reading of His Word, communion, prayer, worship, or quietly sitting in His Presence, we give Him time to take those things in our lives that will spoil our love walk with Him. In those times He can show us changes that need to be made and then make them in us if we are willing.
Max Lucado wrote a childern’s book entitled “You Are Special”. In this story of a little wooden man, the main character discovers the joy and glorious benefits of sitting with Eli, the woodcarver that made him and loves him. When he first meets Eli, Eli says to him, “Every day I’ve been hoping you’d come.” This may just be a children’s story, but it contains the cry of Your Father, Your Creator’s heart.
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day… the Lord God called… and said… Where are you? ~ Genesis 3:8, 9, Amplified
Come to Me… ~ Matthew 11:28, Amplified
On a dark night, kindled in love with yearnings – oh happy chance! I went forth without being observed, my house now at rest. In darkness and secure, by the secret ladder, disguised – oh happy chance! In darkness and in concealment, my house now at rest. In the happy night, in secret, when none saw me, nor I beheld aught, without light or guide, save that which burned in my heart. This light guided me more surely than the the light of noonday to the place where he (well I knew who!) was awaiting me – a place where none appeared. Oh, night that guided me, oh, night more lovely than the dawn, oh, night that joined Beloved with lover, lover transformed in the Beloved! ~ St. John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul (poem taken from http://www.catholicfirst.com)
I didn’t forget about you! I just wasn’t on the computer yesterday, too busy. Song of Solomon is not typically taught from, but as you’ve shown us, wonderful lessons are there to behold as in all of The Word. You are gifted and blessed!
Oh the love that surrounds me…My heart pounds and leaps from it’s place just to hear His whisper…He is the Love of my life forevermore…Waiting for Him to come and take me away to be with Him for eternity…♥