By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him. “I will rise now,” I said, “And go about the city, in the streets and in the squares; I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him. The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?” Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go…” Song of Songs 3:4
We, humans, are clever and persistent. We work very hard and cleverly to attain what we want. We cajole, manipulate, and argue to get what we want. We rearrange schedules and go long distances to get what we want. We save every dime we can to buy what we want. It’s amazing the creativity employed by dating couples when they want to find time and ways to be together. That’s why excuses of why we can’t find time to spend with the Lord just don’t fly. The fact is, if we are passionate about our Lord, we will find time! Today’s Scripture passage from the Song of Songs is beautiful when made analogous to one’s intense desire to find God. If your desire is that strong, you will find a way to carve out space in your day for solitude with your Lord. There is always an hour earlier on the alarm clock. Do you get up at 5:00? Set the alarm for 4:30. There’s always an hour later. Do you go to bed at 9:00? Stay up later than your family and spend time with God. (You’ll get the best sleep of your life.) If you’re married with children, help each other. Dad, watch the kids for 30 minutes so your wife can go somewhere to spend time alone with God; Mom, return the favor. Is there a church with unlocked doors close to your workplace? Slip in on your lunch hour or on your way home. (If you have to make a choice, an hour with God will benefit your life way more than an hour at the gym!) We could brainstorm together and make a list a mile long. First, we have to ask ourselves, is Jesus really “the one I love?” Do I love Him more than all the other things that take my affection? Do I love Him enough to relentlessly search for Him “about the city, in the streets, and in the squares?” Can you say, I sought the One I loved and walked away from the television program; I sought the One I loved and turned off my phone; I sought the One I loved and rose at dawn to find Him; I sought the One I loved and went to my “prayer closet” after my family was asleep? There is so much to be found when you search for Him! No good thing will He withhold from you!
Pray Psalm 42:1-4; Psalm 84:2; 10-12:
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
For a day in Your courts is better than
So my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
For the Lord will give grace and glory;
When shall I come and appear before God?
No good thing will He withhold from
My tears have been my food day and night,
those who walk uprightly.
While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” O Lord of hosts,
When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me.
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!
My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him, the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.” St. Augustine of Hippo