Chase Your Spouse

The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, looking through the lattice.
My beloved speaks and says to me: Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledoves heard in our land.
The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.
O my love in he clefts of the rock, in the crannies of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.
My beloved is mine, and I am his; he grazes among the lilies. Until the day breathes and the shadows flee, turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle or a young stag on cleft mountains.  Song of Solomon 2:8-17

Spring is here and in full bloom.  Most people just love this time of year (unless you are a huge allergy sufferer).  Spring, it has been said, is a time for lovers.  The cold, dark months of winter are over and new life abounds.  Hope springs eternal.  We often find ourselves motivated to get outside and enjoy the nice weather.  We trim some trees, pull some weeds, mow the lawn, fertilize everything and enjoy sprucing things up.  If you are like me, your mind turns to fishing.  Others start hiking, biking, or anticipating the opening of the local ice cream shop.  Schedules can fill up fast.  What we see in the passage above is that Solomon does not let the obstacles of life keep him from spending time with his lover.  He climbs mountains and overcomes the winter blues.  He doesn’t simply view Spring as a time to get the chores done but as a time to once again woo his bride.  He desires to share this special time with the one that he loves.  So be like Solomon and his bride.  Don’t allow the possibilities of Spring to draw you away from one that you love.    Make Spring a time of wooing and chasing each other.  Believe that the only way Spring is more beautiful is if it is framing the face of your beloved.  Seek to have your young stag overcome the busyness of life and the difficult winters of life to come and whisk you away.  Ain’t no mountain high enough...

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