‘Love makes everything beautiful’, what a lovely title, what a beautiful thought.
The woman thinks she is nothing special, to the one who loves her she is the most beautiful person he has ever seen. No one else compares to her, she is the one who gives him pleasure. Such feelings are reciprocated by her to him – it is not a one way relationship.
Whether we read this as an expression of love between two people or between God and his people, it can’t help but make our heart sing. In the context of God’s love for his people it is awesome – however we think and feel about ourselves to God we are beautiful, loved and cherished. He sees us and sees not brokenness but beauty, and we are special to him.
The interesting thing I found researching the Rose of Sharon is that it is not just one specific flower, but refers to several different species. Beauty does not have only one look. Each of us has our own characteristics, all loved and beautiful before God. I find that pretty awesome.
God loves me, however ordinary, cracked or unlovely I feel.
And ultimately, God promises he will take us to his banqueting hall and shower us in his love – a love story made in heaven.
The theme of the second week in Advent is The Day of Salvation. We prepare for that day.
Song of Solomon 2:1-4 (CEV)
Love Makes Everything Beautiful
2 I am merely a rose
from the land of Sharon,
a lily from the valley.
2 My darling, when compared
with other young women,
you are a lily among thorns.
3 And you, my love,
are an apple tree
among trees of the forest.
Your shade brought me pleasure;
your fruit was sweet.
4 You led me to your banquet room
and showered me with love.