Draw me away!
The daughters of Jerusalem
We will run after you.
The king has brought me into his chambers.
The Daughters of Jerusalem
We will be glad and rejoice in you. We will remember your love more than wine.
Rightly do they love you. Song of Solomon 1:4 NKJV
The Shulamite woman’s greatest desire was to be swept away by her beloved.
The young women of Jerusalem may have been envious of the Shulamite. They also had the desire to be swept off of their feet by one so deeply in love with them. They were not invited into the chambers of the king. That privilege was reserved for his beloved.
Solomon attracted women everywhere he went. I imagine many of them tried desperately to gain his attention. They probably put on their best clothes when he was near. They may have found ways to cross his path. They smiled their best smiles at him.
None of this was news to the young Shulamite woman. The longing of her heart and butterflies in her stomach were evidence of Solomon’s appeal.
I went with two friends to a retreat. When the lights went out I was alone with my desires. I cried out to the Lord. The desire of my heart was to spend time with my God. I asked Jesus to draw me away and take me with Him!
I spent the night in a large open space. It was warm and brightly lit. There was no noise. I did not see anyone or anything. I could sense the presence of the Lord all around. God did not give me a great revelation. Jesus did bless me with His love!
Why did I ask Jesus to draw me away that night? What made me think the Lord would grant my petition? Why did God answer my prayer? What really happened? Was it all a just a dream? Encounters with God can leave us with more questions than answers.
I did pray according to God’s will that night. I knew He would answer my prayer, but I was surprised at how He answered. Jesus wanted to spend time with me as much as I wanted to be with Him.
Our relationship with God is based on his great love for us!
Run after the Lord as if your eternal life depends on it, it does. It will determine the path of your life. It will determine where you spend eternity and who you spend it with.
Ask Jesus to draw you away to a place where you can spend time together. You may be surprised at how the lover of your soul answers your prayer!
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