Each year when the first signs of spring appear, I start thinking of one of my favorite books of the Bible, Song of Songs. In chapter 2:10-13 it says, "My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle [turtle-dove] is heard in our land; the fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away."
Can't you see the earth preparing for new growth and the singing of the birds taking place in anticipation of the winter being gone? It has been an especially hard winter for many so I know they are looking forward to the change. I know I am and I don't even live in the areas where extreme cold was taking place. It may not be spring yet, but we can sense it is coming. The fig tree I have planted in the back yard has not started budding yet but I am going to keep a close eye on it. I am ready.
I love Watchman Nee's translation of the Song of Solomon passage but recently I ordered one by Brian Simmons. In there I found the most lovely thing. Most of you know my experience with the dove years ago when I was so distraught over our son. The dove has meant a lot to me since. As I was in this section of chapter 2 in this new book here is what I found:
"The cooing of doves is heard in our land. This spiritual spring brings the soothing messages of love to our souls; it is like the cooing of the doves! The Dove has come to sing to our spirits and awaken us in bridal affection for the Son. As this "cooing" touches our hearts, we arise and prepare ourselves for His approach. We are told that the turtledove always sings at harvest time! If you listen carefully today, you will hear the cooing of doves in our land. His Kingdom of Love is coming to earth." WOW.
I am atuned to the cooing of the doves all the time and I know the sound of them as they are in flight. Now it I hear it as the sound of the Lord wooing me to fly away over the mountaintops with Him. Its His love call to me. Now I am loving that.
Are your ears attuned to His love call to you today? He calls us His dove in SOS. He describes His love for her as David writes in Psalm 68:13, Even while you sleep among the campfires, the wings of My dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold."
Now that's some good stuff my friend. Feast on His word and let Him speak to you. Draw nearer and nearer Him through His Word and His call to you however that may come. Be open to receive all He has for you.