“I Am My Beloved’s, and My Beloved is Mine…”
Song of Solomon 6:3
Most people want to belong to something or someone; it is rare to find someone who truly wants to be completely alone. We often say it; and yet, we rarely mean it. Even when it appears that we really want to be alone, it is only because we cannot be with the specific person we ideally want to be with. So, we make the decision to be alone, because, having no one is better than just anyone. We long to find the ultimate person whom we can share our hearts with, so we spend a considerable amount of time searching for the right one; or, the right thing that will ultimately make us feel as if we belong to something greater than ourselves. –That’s what Love does to us; it makes us feel greater than ourselves. It broadens the vantage point of who we believe we are, transcending the highest point of our life to place us on the acme of our own personal mountain.
The problem with this feeling, in our current culture, is that, it rarely lasts. Eventually, we will discover something about our beloved that betrays how we feel, or vice versa. We eventually discover our beloved’s weakness or flaw. It is that thing we learn about our beloved that can eventually be used as ammunition against them, to cause them conscious pain when they are the most vulnerable. We also have a flaw. –It is that tender spot that somehow cannot be touched by others. –That broken thing. Some of us have more than one; some of us have a battalion. It’s that thing most of us want to hide about ourselves; that "thing" that we believe no one will find acceptable. Yet, the truth is, our flaw is the very thing that attracts our soul mate into our lives.
Our instinct is to find the one whose weakness or flaw is adorable to us and vice versa. A weakness or flaw that we not only can live with; but, that we truly believe is acceptable and dismissive. A flaw that others see as a problem for them to love, yet, one that we find enhances our love. It is like having your own personal handicap that everyone notices, except one person. Somehow that noticeably, obvious flaw, is unnoticeable to them; he or she only sees you. This Love is our quest; it is us seeking God's Gift to humanity.
When we know of God, of His Son Jesus Christ, we are accepted in spite of our flaws. Our lack of perfection is the very thing that He seeks out. It is the very reason He sent a part of Himself to the cross. Our flaws, although noticeable to Him, are irrelevant. He understands our vulnerabilities and weaknesses –and accepts us anyway.
Our love can waver like the tides of the ocean; but, God’s Love is everlasting. It does not stray, does not falter. It can never fade, leave, or dissolve. It is here forever. You are God's Beloved. You are the very reason He sent Jesus to the Cross. He understands your flaws and weaknesses, He calls it,–humanity. There is nothing in your past, present, or future that, in coming to God in repentance, will not be forgiven. –Nothing! L.
Study Reference: Song of Solomon
From: "Be-Loved." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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