Song of Solomon is one of those books in the bible that beckons me to read more. No… it’s not the over-the-top analogies that draw my interest (read: “Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing.” That’s in there. I promise) but I find myself intrigued by the love story being poured out over the pages. Fresh-shorn-sheep-talk and all.
As of late, this particular portion of the book has been pulling at my heart:
I am dark, but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
Like the tents of Kedar,
Like the curtains of Solomon.
Do not look upon me, because I am dark…
-Song of Solomon 1:5-6
Here we see a bride acknowledging her condition…her darkness (which is obviously something she is not proud of ) and then, in the very same sentence, she acknowledges her loveliness.
Could this be the beautiful paradox that is God’s grace?
I can relate to this woman. In my own eyes I am very dark. So dark in fact, that like the bride in the story, I often find myself wanting to say “do not look upon me”. Here’s the truth. The ugly truth:
I am sin-stained and selfish. I am impatient and judgmental. I am one who often feels small with no big impact in this world. I strive for perfection but in my striving I miss out on what really matters. It is obvious. I am so very dark. Sometimes “pitch-black” would probably be a better description. Ouch. The truth hurts.
But that’s not the end of my story and it’s not the end of your’s, either!
Now let us insert God’s grace. His beautiful and undeserved sweet song of grace. Because of Him, I am not left alone in my darkness. He could have left me that way. After all, I deserved it:
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Pitch black, broken, hurting, angry, ashamed...but instead of leaving me in my condition, He gave me Jesus. I have sinned and fallen SO short but I am justified by His grace! Jesus makes me lovely. Even in my sin. Even in my striving. Even in my many imperfections…
When I fall into the melody of His grace, I am lovely and sweet friends, please believe me when I tell you that YOU are lovely, too!
By Ida Mundell, from Eat Drink and Be JesusLeave a Comment