My beloved said to me, “Get up, my true love, my beautiful one, and come with me. Look! The winter is past. The rain is over and gone. Blossoms appear in the land. The time of the songbird has arrived. The cooing of the mourning dove is heard in our land. The green figs ripen. The grapevines bloom and give off a fragrance. Get up, my true love, my beautiful one, and come with me. My dove, in the hiding places of the rocky crevices, in the secret places of the cliffs, let me see your figure and hear your voice. Your voice is sweet, and your figure is lovely.”
My beloved is mine, and I am his. He is the one who grazes his flock among the lilies. (Song of Songs 2:10-14, 16 GW)
What awakens your senses? A warm and passionate embrace? The intoxicating aroma of roses? A picturesque and tantalizing bed and breakfast in the quiet country side? The relaxing soft, jazzy tunes of Kenny G? Or a decadent and succulent box of chocolates that melt in your mouth?
All of these whisper love and romance and evoke desire within me. After all, God created me and you to be sensual. Through our five senses, we experience and enjoy Him and the world.
The love scene unfolding in the Song of Songs comes to life as we enter in as the bride and see Christ as the groom. Awakened by her senses, the bride has learned to trust and take delight in her true love. By opening herself up to experience oneness with her passionate pursuer she discovers a new identity.
Earlier in this passage, she calls herself the “rose of Sharon” (2:1). Back in the day of Solomon, Sharon produced majestic and beautiful flowers on her desert plain. As perennials, they fed upon an underground storage system that kept them alive during the dormant and dry season.
Are you experiencing a dry and dormant season? Allow Jesus to awaken your senses and bring fullness of life to you. Beautiful one, He is beckoning you to go away with Him. Jesus wants to be real to you. Will you enter in and feed on His words? He longs to hear your sweet voice and delight in you.
Don’t limit the most important relationship you will ever have to ideas floating around in your head. Instead, invite Him to invade your heart. Spend intimate time with God. What makes you more aware of His presence? Is it sitting on your patio watching the sun paint an orange spectrum across a blue canvas? Or taking a morning stroll while listening to your favorite tunes? Start there.