It’s time for another Selah. It has been a long winter, the one season known to stick around longer than any of the other three. But inasmuch as winter is a long and barren time, it remains the most essential season in the life of a vineyard.
In the life of the emerging Bride of Christ it is the time and conditions in which betrothal takes place.
This is a matter of the heart, not a marriage of convenience.
Falling in love with the Bridegroom is the oft-repeated act of opening one’s heart to the Lord Jesus and expressing to Him our love, our trust in Him, and our desire to obey Him.
I’m sure it doesn’t escape your notice that we are only at Song of Songs 2:13. To assure you, it doesn’t escape mine either. However, there is no rushing true love or fine wine.
There is much more in this unfolding story. Along with the Shulamite we’ve now come to the border of verse 14 which requires another degree of commitment. It is the place where the work of preparing the Bride begins in earnest; it is also the point where a majority of Christians become satisfied and seek to go no further. Some haven’t been told there is more, much more.
But there is One who will not be satisfied until He has brought His Bride into His chambers. The ones who choose to enter the place of intimacy in personal fellowship with Him will sooner or later find themselves brought to verse 14 – where the Bridegroom begins separating them unto Himself.
I pray you will choose to journey on, both with Vineyard Days and especially with the Beloved. While we Selah here for a few moments, may your heart be encouraged that if something is stirring, He is there.
When I see the winter turning into spring
It speaks to this heart of mine more than anything
Underneath a blanket of snow, cold and white
Something is stirring in the still of the night
And then the sun comes up, slowly with the dawn
This is the kind of feeling that I hang my hope upon
There is a love and beauty in all that I see
And no one, nobody is explaining You to me
And maybe my eyes can’t see
But You are surrounding me
Here in the wind and rain
The things that I know
Tender and sweet and strong as my need
I know the voice, I know the touch
Lover of my soul
Lover of My Soul written by Michael Omartian & Amy Grant, Brentwood Benson Publishing
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