When I need you
I just close my eyes and I'm with you
And all that I so want to give you
It's only a heartbeat away (“When I Need You”, Leo Sayer, 1976)
Listen! My beloved! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look! There he stands behind our wall, peering through the windows, shining through the lattice.
My beloved spoke and said to me,“Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come 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 with me.” (Song of Songs 2:8-13)
God: "My strong desire is to comfort and love you."
Me: Is that your strongest desire?
God: "My strongest is to protect your spiritual life."
Believe that God desperately, desperately wants to be close to you. He has overcome every obstacle, crossed every mountain, surmounted every barrier to come to you, inspired by all the energy of his eagerness to be with you. But then he stops outside a wall. Whose wall? Yours. It's a poignant image. He’s outside, peeking at you through the windows; you’re inside, seeing his glory shine through the lattice. But he doesn't come in to get you. He doesn’t force you. Instead, he begs you to come to him.
He coaxes you. The winter is over, that dreary, rainy season when there are no leaves on the trees and nothing bears fruit, when the world looks lifeless. Now it's spring, and he wants to give you a world of delights, filled with beautiful flowers and fruit and birdsong. It even smells good! Jesus said, "Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures." (John 10:9) God has provided the opening. But he won't compel you; you have choose. In Jesus, it is completely safe to leave the protections of your own wall to come into glory of a relationship with God.
God: "Do not be afraid to feel powerful. Do not be afraid to feel safe."