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On Valentine’s Day morning I attended a Sisterhood conference at Hillsong Church, in Century City, Cape Town. We were blessed to have Pastor Joanna Haverkamp from Hillsong in Germany bring a powerful word from Song of Solomon 2:10-13.
Song of Solomon 2:10-13 “My beloved spoke and said to me, Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come away with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come away with me.”
These words are a beautiful invitation to a new season. The winter has gone, and the lover of your soul is beckoning you to come away with him to a new season on intimacy. There are three distinct parts to this invitation – arise, come and see.
The invitation Song of Solomon 2:10-13 is one encouraging us to get up, take His hand and see what He wants us to see. We need to get out of what’s comfortable. Our “comfy situation” may be compare to “a bed”. What is your bed?
Some beds are BOATS. We can imagine that we are at sea in a boat. We see Jesus out on the water – What happens when Jesus asks you to come out of the boat? We know how to control our boat, but getting out of the boat means giving up control! Some beds are MATS (John 5:3-9 “arise, get up and pick up your mat”) Maybe a long time ago someone hurt you and you lay down on that mat. Do you want to get up? Do you want to leave that mat behind? Some beds are VALLEYS (low places). Life is full of valleys, but we can’t stay in them. Jesus wants us to get out of those valleys and back onto the hills. Pastor Joanna’s bed is a FAST FOOD COUNTER. This is when you are too busy to spend time with Jesus everyday. A good scripture to meditate on for this type of bed is, “I delight to sit in the shade of his tree and eat his fruit”. How can we give off fruit if we never sit down and receive it?
What is your “bed”? Will you get off that bed and ARISE?
Hebrews 12:2, “For the joys that were set before him, He endured the cross”. The “joys” spoken about here are not the kind of joys we would ordinarily think of. YOU are the joy!! In those moments on the cross, Jesus wasn’t imagining being with “all of us”, it is an individual love for each of us that he has. He doesn’t love us as a group. He loves us individually and uniquely. “Come away with me” is an invitation for us to let Jesus lead. Say to Jesus “I trust you enough to let you lead. I will follow you anywhere”
The passage says – See that the winter is gone. The rains have gone! A season of singing and joy has come. SEE what He has already seen. Jesus is here to take us into the new season so that we can SEE what He has already seen for your life!! He already knows – we don’t have to wonder or worry – all we have to do is take His hand, trust Him, and follow.
How are we going to see that?
We will see it with the eyes of faith. Don’t stay comfy in your bed! If you can’t see then maybe something is blocking your view but today is an invitation to go into the new season with him!
What are you imagining for this new season? God gave us an incredible imagination for a reason. Think about what your family, marriage, business and life would look like with this new intimate relationship with the Lord?
Ask and imagine.
See with the eyes of FAITH!