Who is this coming up from the wilderness
Leaning on her beloved?
Beneath the apple tree I awakened you;
There your mother was in labor with you,
There she was in labor and gave you birth.
Song of Songs 8:5 NASB
Have you ever seen the movie Working Girl? Tess (played by Melanie Griffith) is basically working in a secretarial pool for an executive (played by Sigourney Weaver.) I won’t retell the story here, but it’s a classic love story, in Cinderella style, where Tess ends up with Jack Trainer (played by Harrison Ford.)
There is a scene at the end of the movie, where Tess and Jack return to the secretarial pool and all the girls in the room stand up and applaud Tess, who broke through the glass ceiling of her cubicle and “made it.”
Here in the Song, we see the Shulamite and her Groom return to the place He found her. The place she caught her first glimpse of the Shepherd King. The very place where her heart first cried out:
Draw me after you and let us run together! - Song 1:4
The place where she realized her own unworthiness:
I am black but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
Like the tents of Kedar,
Like the curtains of Solomon.
Do not stare at me because I am swarthy,
For the sun has burned me.
In classic Cinderella style our maiden has returned to her home town and now those who knew her when… see her in her full beauty and maturity.
We understand there is a step of faith that moves us from darkness to light, from the kingdom of satan to the kingdom of His Dear Son. But after that step there is a life to live.
The life of a disciple of Jesus, the life of the bride of Christ, is a life of growing more and more beautiful in His sight. He sees you—end from the beginning—as a beauty the day He first welcomes you, but it has to work itself out in days and weeks, months and years.
Growing in Christ never ends. We don’t arrive until we arrive—if you get my drift—when He welcomes us to our eternal home. And frankly, I don’t expect heaven is even arrival. I’m pretty sure it’s not an eternal vacation. Our life and discipleship here on earth is a training ground for what is to come. But I digress.
Here’s the point - her friends see this magnificent couple walking toward them, and it take their breath away. What happened to our friend, the one we grew up with, the one we knew. Could this be her?
The transformation that comes from abiding in the vine, from dwelling in the secret place, touches everything about you. It’s undeniable. Everyone who knew you when, will know you’ve changed.
The change comes from the inside out.
Sin removed and replaced with righteousness.
Guilt removed and replaced with honor.
Shame removed and replace with glory.
Pride removed and replaced with humility.
These transformations can’t be hidden.
They see the new you coming up from the wilderness, victorious, leaning on the everlasting arms of Jesus.
And all the glory belongs to Him. These are changes you can’t make yourself, and no fairy godmother could take your souls and make it beautiful. Only the precious blood of Jesus can bring forth such a miracle as your transformation.
Thank you Jesus!
Don’t hide what Jesus made.
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