Sunday, 17 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 17

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Day 17)
Your navel is a rounded bowl
    that never lacks mixed wine.
Your belly is a heap of wheat,
    encircled with lilies. SS 7:2

How honoured we feel if someone brings us flowers to acknowledge our hard work. Their beauty brings joy and delight and the action can make our work feel worthwhile.

The Lover describes His Beloved using images of wheat and grapes. To produce bread and wine from these ingredients requires hours of labour. The Lover acknowledges how devoted His Beloved is to her work.

Perhaps He brings lilies to her while she is working in the fields. Her labour inspires Him to view her as beautiful.

Hard work always serves a purpose. Our work might not involve producing wine from grapes or bread from wheat. It may include parenting our child to grow into an honourable adult. Or to participate in a church ministry to serve a need. Perhaps we manage our own business to create a product.

I suspect the way we carry out our work inspires delight in our Lover.

14 Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Cor 16:14

Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you. 
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.