The winter is over! Sun 12th Oct 14

A week ago we were enjoying an Indian summer and I, maybe foolishly, was considering dusting down the BBQ for one last time. Then, within forty-eight hours it appeared that everything changed. The temperature dropped, the wind blew, the leaves fell and we found ourselves in the onset of autumn.

I have been reminded this morning of two lovely verses from the Song of Solomon. The passage is part of a passionate and intimate prose that brings to our attention the relationship between a lover and his beloved. Although I believe primarily we should understand the book as a celebration of the relationship between a husband and wife, I have no doubt that there are parallels that reveal truths concerning our relationship with God. In chapter two it becomes evident that the beloved not only delights in receiving her lover’s affection but longs for more. Indeed, as the beloved speaks about her lover, we see that his love has started to transform her view of the world around her. She therefore says ‘See! The winter is past; the rains are gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come.’ (Song of Solomon 2:11-12).

Please be encouraged. Whatever you are going through, God can bring transformation by the very breath of his Spirit. Therefore, even if it is winter outside, allow God to bring you into a new spiritual season, the season of singing!
Yours, Gareth