My beloved has gone to his garden,
To the beds of spices,
To feed his flock in the gardens,
And to gather lilies.
- Song of Songs 6:2 NKJV
The north wind of adversity has stirred up the fragrance of the spices that grow in our maiden’s garden. The fact that she praises the Lover of her soul in the days of silence draws Him into the garden – her secret place.
Remember the Father uses the north and south wind to enhance the fragrance of the spices, and so the tribulations that we walk through faithfully draw Him to us, and He loves what grows in our lives.
He uses what grows in our lives, and what emanates from our hearts (these fragrant spices) to feed others. The Lord often repurposes what we go through to enhance the growth of others.
God wastes nothing. Think about when Jesus fed the multitudes. What did He do after dinner? He had the boys gather up all that was left over, and there was plenty. So it is with the work He does in our lives. The fruit of the Father's work in our lives becomes gleanings for others in His care. [Tweet This]
I know there are times that God puts us in testing, but not every test we walk through comes directly from His hand. Some of our trials come from the hand of the enemy, who is launching fiery darts with our names on them.
Our Shepherd King stands with us in each trial, and never lets anything in our life – in our garden – go to waste.
God doesn’t necessarily put us in the circumstances that try our faith, but He is able to use all things to work together the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. (Romans 8:28)
The Lord feeds us in the garden, in our secret place. This is where the trials and tribulations of life bear fruit. As the garden of our soul is given over to Him to do with as He sees fit, and the north and south winds blow, we're nourished.
Paul prays for the Ephesians:
…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, - Ephesians 1:17-18 NKJV
And so it is in our lives. The winds of adversity stir up the spices of our gardens so that we grow in the spirit of wisdom and revelation. There is the glint of light in the eyes of our understanding and our knowledge – first hand knowledge – of the hope of His calling comes to life, and it smells wonderful.
Lord, I pray that the fragrance of my life would increase as I walk through life, in good times and bad.
Come back again soon.