Soldiers who’ve been through the trenches together know it to be true. There is a bond that occurs through heightened times of difficulty that is stronger and deeper than those formed in casual, pleasant seasons of our lives (& relationships). There is no tie like that formed by ‘going through hard times together.’
Song of Songs 3 promotes this as it’s context for deepest loves’ discovery… “In the night” the chapter begins… and verse six adds “the wilderness” as the ‘place’ for most intimate bonding between Lover and Beloved.
We know that tragedy either makes or breaks human love affairs. In God’s Kingdom, there is a sacred ‘place’ provided for those in the ‘night’ or ‘wilderness’ seasons of their lives. It is described as (3:9) a “palanquin.” A traveling bridal car, carved of Lebanon cedar (known for it’s strength) and clothed in colors of silver (redemption), gold (glory) and purple (royalty). It is accompanied – surrounded – by sixty mighty men who handle the sword and are expert in war… “that fear be not excited in the night.”
What a profound pictue of reality in the spiritual Kingdom that surrounds us!
In the night seasons of life, in the wilderness journeying times, we are offered this ‘place’ of secluded, protected ‘bridal love’ with Jesus. It is not to be found in the casual, easy, happy periods of life – but as treasure hidden in darkness – a profound reward for our sufferings, discovered when in the midst of difficulties – we seek Him, whom our soul loves.
Isaiah 45:3 And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name.
Genesis 15:1 Fear not… I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great.
In the sufferings, I seek You, whom my soul longs for.
Come find me here, hidden in the wilderness. Take me into the secret place of refreshment and protected love with you that only my depth of difficulties gives me access to.
Let me, after these experiences emerge from my wilderness season – “leaning on My Beloved.”(8:5) That will be worth it all!