I know the greatest area of growth for me since Steve died, five years ago this month, is greater intimacy with Jesus. I’ve been so convicted by Tim Keller’s sermons on how we love God more for His stuff than for Him. I want to love Him for Him. I don’t think many Christians are there — and I am certainly just on the way — for I am so easily distracted by other things.
When I looked on google images for a picture for this verse from The Song of Songs, I found it was primarily used for wedding invitations — and though that is a beautiful earthly parallel, The Song of Songs is not just about marriage, not just about sex, not just about intimacy with an earthly soulmate. It is meant to point us to Jesus, the Lover of our souls, and the One who wants us to love Him in return. I ended up choosing this painting of Mary of Bethany, when Jesus was comforting her after the death of her brother Lazarus. I do think Mary of Bethany “found the One her soul loves,” for she is the one who lavished all her earthly goods on Him, that alabaster jar of precious ointment. She is the one who sat at His feet, “hanging on His every Word.”
This is how the CEV translates this passage:
I’m not one of those women
who shamelessly follow
after shepherds. My darling, I love you!
Song of Songs 1:7
If the conversations of Christians are any indication, most of us are not there. I guess the beginning is asking Him to help us find Him in this way — which is the next questions she asks in The Song of Songs… but before we go there — I would so love your reflections on this!