Sunday, 3 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 3

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Retreat Day 3 of 30)


Day 3
Song of Songs SS 1:8
Lover:
If you do not know,
    O fairest among women,
follow the tracks of the flock,
    and pasture your kids
    beside the shepherds’ tents.


Have you ever 'put your foot in it' and wished you could pull it straight back out? In those moments we often feel like hiding in shame or running a million miles. How shocked we feel when the victim of our clumsiness still thinks kindly of us. That despite our clumsiness, they believed in us enough to accept our humble apology.

Why then do we avoid God when we feel we have something to hide? Perhaps it's been ages since we prayed. Or maybe we carry resentment or regret and our heart is closed with shame.

In today's verse, the Lover reassures His Beloved that she is the fairest among women. Yet He is the King, how is it possible that He could love her, a mere labourer in her father's vineyard?

Despite our imperfection, we have a God who desires a deeply intimate relationship with us. The Lover provides His Beloved with clear instructions of where to find Him. Just as He's clear with us about how to find Him.

In the Gospels, people asked the same question. Listen to Jesus' response:
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14: 5-6

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.