Friday, 22 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 22

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Day 22)

 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
    do not stir up or awaken love
    until it is ready! SS 8:4

At a recent writing conference, I attended a session where a panel of published authors answered questions from emerging writers. One participant asked if any of the authors held a preference for one aspect of the writing journey over another. 

One of the authors told us to enjoy it all. Enjoy the ride, she said. Whether you produce a saleable book or not, the process itself brings rewards.

When I read today's verse I think of Ecclesiastes 3:1

'For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.'

The Beloved tells her friends not to skip the process of achieving maturity. God plans everything according to His time. We are often too impatient to see God in the present. We lack the trust to believe that God actually does have our life in His hands. 

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.