Wandering in the wilderness, I languish. I yearn for my Beloved. I suddenly become aware of His tender presence.
He’s there, awaiting my nearness.
I draw close.
He reaches out His nail-scarred hand to greet me, drawing me to Himself. He accepts me, no matter what my mood or attitude.
“Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.” (Ps. 23:4 TLB)
He is my divine Beloved.
“I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” (SOS 6:3 NKJV) I lean in, resting my full weight upon Him. I hear His heartbeat. My heart quickens.
He supports all my weight. He lifts the wilderness burden I carry. He brings me up out of Lodebar, that dry, pastureless place of lack and want. “He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength.” (Ps. 23:2-3a TLB)
My heart quickens again. “Joy rises in my heart until I burst out in songs of praise to Him.” (Ps. 28:7 TLB)
*Are you in a wilderness wandering?
*Do you draw close to Him while you are there? “And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you.” (James 4:8 TLB)
*Do you realize your Beloved is there with you, for you to lean upon? Are you “Leaning back against Jesus” (John 13:25a NIV) as the beloved disciple John did?
*Do you allow Him to carry your burden upon His shoulders? “Give your burdens to the Lord. He will carry them.” (Ps. 55:22 TLB)
*Is He your Beloved? Or does your love for another fill your heart more than your love for Him?
In your wanderings, take the first step to draw close to Him and He will draw close to you. Lean upon your Beloved. He awaits the weight of your burdens.