Carey and I just finished reading Song of Songs from The Passion Translation.
Every other time I have read this book of the Bible, in other translations, I have read it as if it is about marriage, sexuality, and temporal things.
But, in the introduction, Brian Simmons, translator of The Passion, explains that Song of Songs is actually Jesus (the Bridegroom) talking to His bride (me.)
I’ll admit that it is weird for me to think of myself as a bride. But when I read Song of Songs as if it is Jesus expressing His love for me – and me trying to express my love to and for Him, it is amazing.
For just one example, verse 2:14 reads, "Let me see your radiant face and hear your sweet voice.” The footnote reads, “The Hebrew text literally means ‘Your voice is delicious.’”
First, how can any voice be delicious? The naked truth is that before I read this, from the moment I first recorded my voice as a teen playing with a cassette tape recorder, I hated my voice and immediately started trying to change it. I tried talking in a lower tone, talking less, and speaking with a Mid-western non-accent.
You know how boys in puberty go through a squeaky time when their voice changes? Mine never did. I think when I started trying to talk lower, my voice just “forgot” to change.
To this day I have an uncanny ability to recognize people by their voice, because I envied all the great voices in the world, like: Hal Holbrook, Sam Eliot, James Earl Jones, Mike Rowe, and Barry White. Recently, I even recognized the voice of Tom Lester (Eb from the TV show “Green Acres”) in a movie about Pistol Pete Maravich.
As I was thinking all this, Carey called me and I realized that her voice is truly, well, delicious.
Can God really think that of my voice? Can He really think that of all of me? He can. He does. He thinks that of me. And He thinks that of you.
The grandkids spent that Saturday night with us. The next morning they made a fort out of our dining room table. As I lay on the floor, under the table, three-year-old Ethan crawled over me. Carey said, “Ethan literally just swam over you.”
God told me, “That was My love swimming over you – again.”
The same week I heard two podcasts saying that most of us have it backwards. We don’t have to look everywhere to try to find Jesus. In the Garden of Eden, when man did wrong, he hid from God and God looked for man.
Most of us have been hiding ever since – and God is still looking for us. All we have to do is stop and He’ll catch us.
Song of Songs stopped me long enough to be caught in His deep, delicious love. Lord, may I remember that always.
You can’t remove all the need in the world today but there are lots of ways you can help. Ask God where you can stop today – and let Him catch you.