When we left our maiden she was resting in the arms of her lover, sleeping in His protective embrace. He left her there safe and warm and placed a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.
He had set things in place to allow her to be undisturbed in this time. She was under His hand of protection.
She awakes to a sound.
Listen! My beloved!
Behold, He is coming,
Climbing on the mountains,
Leaping on the hills!
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. ~ Song of Songs 2:8-9
She rushes to the window and sees what it is she is hearing. And there He is, her Beloved.
But this is a side of her Beloved she has never known.
In the beginning of the Song, her Beloved, Jesus, was a Great Shepherd.
Next He took her under His wing, protecting her, feeding her at His table, giving her shelter, as a Father to her.
I have referred to Jesus as the Shepherd King for weeks now, but it is really here that Jesus is revealed as a conquering King, the Vanquisher.
Let’s pick it apart a bit.
First, notice that He is coming to her. If you remember her life prayer expressed in the very beginning of the song: “Draw me after You.” ~1:4 She loved Him from afar, but now He is coming to her.
Where had He gone? He was preparing the way, making sure the way was passable for the object His love (you.) He was preparing a way to walk and works to do.
Mountains and Hills
Mountains are the obstacles in life that seem insurmountable. When you are facing a mountain, you can’t see what is on the other side. To go around would take ages, seemingly more time than you have. To go over would take skills you don’t have. To go through would take an army of dwarves. (Thank you brother Tolkien.)
What are your mountains?
Hills are the problems of day-to-day life. They don’t cripple you, they just keep you from making progress. They come one after another and never seem to end. Got any hills in your life?
- Cars that need constant repair
- Relationships that are work
- Work you just can’t get under control
When she (our maiden) goes to the window and throws back the sash she sees Him. And she sees that the biggest things in her life, the things that keep her up at night, her worries, her worst fears are not even slowing Him down.
Here we see Him climbing over mountains, but we know that there will be a day when He banishes them with a single word.
The stuff of life that slows her down – He leaps over – He is running through the hills and handles the mountains like a gazelle.
Have you ever seen a mountain goat, or any other mountain dwelling creature, just prancing up and down the mountainside? It is a wonder to behold.
What does it do in your heart, when you realize that the things you fear the most are child’s play to Jesus?
Remember Jesus walking on the water? You can read the story in John 6:15-22. The boys were toiling all night long – then they saw a ghost. They were frustrated by their circumstances and afraid of the unknown that was heading straight for them.
Jesus’ words are simple and profound.
It is I; do not be afraid. ~ John 6:20
And these are the words He speaks over you today. When it feels like all these endless hills are leading you to an impassable mountain – look for Jesus. He is calling to you – He is saying:
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 *
See you next week.
* I know this is an Old Testament quote and I am taking a bit of liberty putting it in red letters - but I want you to hear this from the mouth of Jesus. He is speaking this to you today! Thanks for reading with grace.