My beloved speaks and says to me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
For, behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth and ripens her green figs, and the vines are in blossom and give forth their fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Song of Solomon 2:10-13
Today is the first day of Spring! I awoke with the verses from Song of Solomon 2 flowing through my mind like a gentle breeze on a warm Spring’s day. “Rise up, my love…” I hear those words inviting me to rise from my winter’s slumber and come away and see all that He has prepared for His Bride. I see His outstretched hand reaching so that I can run with Him and behold the beauty that has been hidden from my sight until now.
I love Spring but for some reason this year it holds something even more special than previous years. I hear His beckoning to arise and come to Him. I know that for many, this has been a long, hard winter! I live in California where we have hardly experienced any winter and yet I have felt the dryness of drought upon my heart. It has been a long spiritual winter…a drought that has left me thirsty for Him. Just as I see the spring bulbs breaking through the hard winter ground in order to announce the coming of Spring; I also feel His presence pressing through the places that winter has produced hard ground in my life to announce that my drought is over. I feel Him breaking through my defenses, my deferred hopes, and my hard places with an embrace that leaves me defenseless against His love. His embrace is melting away the icy places in my heart.
As I surrender my heart to His embrace I hear the words from Song of Solomon 8:5,
“Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved?”
The winter has once again taught me dependency and like a young bride in the grip of first love, I find myself leaning upon Him with the fullness of trust. Trusting has been my anchor of hope throughout this past season. I have learned that He is working on my behalf even when I cannot see any movement. Just as life is happening underground during the winter months; God also creates life under the surface of what our eyes can see. Then, just like the Spring bulbs, we suddenly see the tip of the green stalk shoot through the hard ground.
Get ready for life to suddenly spring forth! Ready yourself to witness all that God has done and prepared for you during this long winter. Each day will hold new growth, new surprises, new beauty. It is time to arise from your place of slumber and let Him take you into the garden that He has prepared for you. Though I have not yet tasted of the fruit; the blossoms are promises to my senses that it will be a fruitful season. Anticipate all that He has for you. Live in expectancy of seeing beauty and experiencing new paths to walk with Him upon each day. Lean upon your Beloved with with a trust that has no limitations.