10 My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. 11 See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. 12 Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” -Song of Solomon 2:10-13
Good morning my beloved,
I have sought your hand for years & here you are in the midst of my presence. I am in awe of your beauty, your grace, your smile, your laugh, and even your compassionate tears. Please do not be afraid anymore for I am with you now. I will never leave you, nor forsake you. I pray that you will continue to grow in the goodness of our Great God, and that our love for Him toward one another will never fade. Thank you, my beloved, for your love, your care, and your presence.
Current Read: The Pursuit of God By A.Z. Tozer
I love this book so far. It is hard to read but its words when you soak it in deeply, line by line, you see the intimacy the author carries toward the Great author & finisher of our existence. I appreciated the words he writes, the careful told truth in love. He writes about our deceiving hearts that interferes with our soul’s greatest pleasure. Our whole existence & being falls into the existence of our creator. And if we do not recognize that, we are missing out on the greatest joy we could be experiencing in this life, with ourselves, with one another, and most of all with God eternally.
The chapter I had finished reading is called the Blessed of Possessing Nothing & starts out with the verse from Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Personally speaking, no matter what I try to do in this life to reach the stars, to possess the most exciting material thing, to possess relationships & build more of them- in the end, it becomes meaningless. Or as Solomon puts it in Ecclesiastes, “meaningless under the sun.” I noticed the more I get older, the more my eyes are more open to the truth of this life, by the grace of God, & recognize that EVERYTHING belongs from Him. Every piece of item I own, the food I eat, my spouse, my family, to my hair on my head is all His.
I look at the children from the third world country & see their smiles on their faces. They sing, play, and rejoice daily. How often do I do that in my own life?
With all the things & people I possess in my life, I realize more that this world disrupts my worship to the one that deserves it all, when I deserve none of this.
Here’s a quote from the book that I highlighted:
“We are often hindered from giving up our treasures to the Lord out of fear for their safety. This is especially true when those treasures are loved relatives and friends. But we need have no such fears. Our Lord came not to destroy but to save. Everything is safe which we commit to Him, and nothing is really safe which is not so committed.” (page 28)
Lastly, I will leave with this highlighted last line of this chapter, “our whole future will be conditioned by the choice we make.”
How will the future generation remember you?