I love this time of year. In New Jersey. It is late Spring and it's as if all of creation is calling me outside. For weeks now we have been passing from one fragrant bloom to another. As I walk around town and past each unique garden, I am drawn first by the wisteria, then the lilacs, next
the peoniess and roses. Now the honey suckle takes its turn reminding me of days gone by when I would ride my bicycle past miles and miles of honeysuckle in the farm land of Virginia.
The twilight lingers till after 9 PM, and only now in early June do the mosquitoes begin to pester. Long evenings laughing and loving around the picnic table as the air cools from the 80’s through the 70's to the mid 60’s and some wonderful sleeping weather.
I just love the season change.
As we come to this bit of the Song of Songs we see life has its seasons too.
My beloved responded and said to me,
‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
And come along.
For behold, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
The flowers have already appeared in the land;
The time has arrived for pruning the vines,
And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
The fig tree has ripened its figs,
And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along!’ ~ Song of Songs 2:10-13
Jesus is calling to His beloved (that’s you) to come out of your warm, safe cocoon of intimacy into the beautiful spring air of partnership.
This season change in the Song is an indication of growth and maturing the our Maiden’s walk or relationship with her Shepherd King.
We will spend a bit of time talking about some of these signs of Spring, but for today I want you to hear on simple message.
At every stage in the Maiden’s walk, her Suitor calls her beautiful.
This is the third time in the Song that Shepherd King calls the Maiden beautiful. The first time was when she was in crisis about her worldliness. (1:8) Next as she first began to move into intimacy with Him. (1:15) Now as He is drawing her into ministry, into partnership with Him. (2:10, 13)
How often do we get fed up with ourselves for our failure in our Christian walk. I am talking about those of you who are trying, working at it, giving it your best effort. Have you ever gotten out of bed in the morning with the full intention of doing all the best Christian stuff (quite time, witnessing, prayer, __________ fill in the blank) and find that before your coffee is brewed, or the water is hot for your tea, you have blown it?
Yep – Jesus calls you beautiful.
The truth is, as we saw early in the Song, all that trying, and striving is not helping. He is calling us to ministry, but not to simply burn up with activity, but rather to come out of the chamber and walk, run, skip through the hills and mountains with Him.
He want to TAKE us out into ministry, not SEND us out into ministry.
He does not want you to DO a bunch of Christian stuff, He wants you to walk out into the beautiful spring air and let Him lead you to ministry opportunities He has set up for you. You will be amazed to find that He has prepared you for the very things He brings before you.
You know this is true too – don’t you? Aren’t there times when you spend some wonderful time in His Word, and that day, or soon after, you find yourself comforting, or exhorting, or testifying using that very Word? I know it happens to me all the time.
Next week we will talk about some of the signs of spring.
For now, come on out and smell the roses!
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See you next week.