‘Who is this one? Look at her now! She arises out of her desert, clinging to her beloved. When I awakened you under the apple tree, as you were feasting upon me, I awakened your innermost being with the travail of birth as you longed for more of me.’
Song of Songs 8:5 TPT
We’ve all been acquainted with seasons where our footing is unsteady, the way is unfamiliar, the loneliness feels isolating, the situation is difficult to navigate, and hope begins to wilt. We’re doing the right things, waiting patiently in hope, stepping forward in obedience, speaking words of faith and expectation, yet still we find ourselves in hidden places where we wonder how did our misstep occurred. But what if those challenges, disappointments, and setbacks are actually developing and training us for a greater future than we could’ve imagined.
God doesn’t create hard times for us, but He will most definitely use them. In those times, He isn’t standing at a distance observing how we’ll handle it all on our own. He draws so close, so near, in order to bear the weight of our burden and give us a solid source of strength to lean on and draw from.
I will lean back in the loving arms of a beautiful Father Breathe deep and know that He is good He’s a love like no other
– Capital City Worship
There’s something about a person who has learned how to remain patient in the waiting, who is faithful with what God has put in their hands to do in unseen and unrecognized ways, who has fought the discouragement in the dark, who has been steadfast in hope and expectation, who has taken hold of the promises of God, who has kept their heart pure… who has learned how to lean on the Beloved.
There’s a costly anointing that rests on a life like that. I’m sure many of you are that person… you recognize this description because you’ve lived it, or are living it now. I pray I’ll live my life as one who is known for leaning well.
I pray that when people observe us, watching to see how we’ll respond to the unexpected, will see that instead of it crushing or breaking us, we grow in strength, courage, hope, and grace through the leaning of our entire being on our Beloved, and it can be said: Look at this girl coming up from the wilderness… look at how she leans on her Beloved.
When they see me waiting, expecting your Word, those who fear you will take heart and be glad… Let those who fear you turn to me for evidence of your wise guidance. And let me live whole and holy, soul and body, so I can always walk with my head held high. Ps 119:74, 79-80 MSG