Today we’re taking a break from our Proverbs series to focus on something else.
We are reading through the Bible this year separately, but we’re following the same plan which is to read the complete Bible in chronological order. So far it’s been very interesting to see how the events in the Old Testament played out as they happened.
Our assignment today is to read the entire book of the Song of Solomon. 🙂 When was the last time you read this book? It is the story of two young lovers and the love and desire they have for each other. It is quite romantic, dare we say even steamy! Just listen to this portion from chapter 2: (If you click on the link above, you can have the book read aloud to you!)
8 The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes,
leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Behold, there he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows, looking through the lattice.
10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away,
11 for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away. 14 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the crannies of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
15 Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.” 16 My beloved is mine, and I am his;
Sometimes it is good to reflect back on how our love began, when we could spend hours gazing into each others eyes. How quickly the new fades into the routine, and if we’re not careful we forget what a special gift our spouse is to us.
Close your eyes now for 30 seconds and remember how you felt on the day when you knew without a doubt that you were going to spend the rest of your lives together.
Did you do it?
Don’t skip this part…it really will help.
Yes, it was a dream come true, but not yet. You had to plan the wedding and wait for the day to arrive. How long has it been since you said “I do?” Do you remember how you felt that day? How you anticipated the days as they counted down, slowly down?
And now how many days has it been since? Do you still long to have time together when life keeps you apart?
This is a sign your love is alive and well. Don’t let the cares of life or the busyness of life steal the moments each day you have to remember what is of most importance – your love for each other and the shared love you have for God. When your children are grown, which we guarantee will happen, it will be important to have already made the habit of making much of each other and the love you share.
Don’t forget how your love began and celebrate it as often as you can. We never know how many years the Lord will give us together. Make the most of each day as you did when you were anticipating your wedding day. And then enjoy every minute of it!