“My beloved speaks to me and says to me;
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
And come away,
For behold, the winter is past;
The rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the Earth,
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.” –Song of Solomon 2:10-12
The Assurance that “This too shall Pass.”
There was a period of time in my life when I could not read these verses without tears falling down my eyes. I read and prayed it over myself; and every single time I did, my eyes would overflow with tears. I was in a season of pruning and testing. Though I believed that these words were true, it was hard for me to believe that they were for me. Trials seemed endless as the rain kept pouring. It seemed as though The Lord had forgotten about me and I felt abandoned by God. It took everything in my being (and A LOT of prayer) to finally be able to accept these verses for myself. Pain and trials can often alter our view of the truth. However, choosing to believe God’s words despite our emotions is what enables us to persevere.
God is always reminding us that He is our beloved. He says that we are his love, his beautiful one. Because He is constant, our identity in Him also remains constant. No suffering, no trials, no rejection, and no disappointment can ever change who we are in Jesus Christ. Furthermore, He also assures us that every dark season we experience is momentary. There is end to every hardship and difficulty, no matter how hopeless the situation may seem. Though adversities are inevitable, we can be confident in knowing it will all come to pass. Spring time is ahead. It’s a season of healing and restoration. It’s a time of singing and rejoicing over the Lord’s faithfulness. This, we know is true, because He who has promised is faithful.
If you’re in a season of storm and it seems like it will never end, remember that the winter SHALL pass; spring time WILL come. The Lord is faithful and He will carry you through this season of testing and pruning. Don’t run from it lest this season be in vain. Instead, embrace the tears, and allow The Lord to use your brokenness and mold you into more of His likeness. In order for us to experience His healing hands, we must first allow ourselves to be vulnerable before Him. Let The Lord who loves you with an everlasting love, break certain areas of your lives in order that he may restore them. Remember, He can’t heal something that isn’t broken. Allow Him to do this, and be rest assured that He will trade beauty for your ashes. When the spring time finally comes, you WILL come out changed, victorious, and more in His likeness.
By Donna Alcazar