The fig trees on the Outer Banks are exploding with goodness right now. I know this because my friends are making strawberry and fig jam like it’s the second coming, and my dog is enjoying a tasty treat every time we walk by our neighbor’s tree. Georgia roots around on the ground looking for just the right one and then helps herself. She is part of the Fallen Fig Cleanup Team for the street.
Our passage today talks about figs and a lot of other sweet things. The sweetness of young love. The sweetness of spending time with your beloved. The sweetness of an invitation to go away and spend some time just appreciating the beauty of God’s earth. The sweetness of doing nothing but noticing the flowers and the voice of the turtle dove.
It occurs to me that the flowers and the birds are there all the time. Maybe this is an invitation to stop what you are doing so that you can notice them as well.
Song of Solomon 2 (New Revised Standard Version)
The voice of my beloved!
Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Look, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing in at the windows,
looking through the lattice.
10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
11 for now the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away.
We are invited today to hear God calling us to arise and come away. He loves us with an everlasting love and comes to us with the passion and the intention of a beloved. He longs to soothe us with the smell of fragrant blossoms and the sight of beautiful vistas. If only we would look up.
Our time and attention for the last fourteen months have been focused on the traumatic events around us. The daily events we experience on the news leaves a sour taste in our souls. We are filled with bitterness, and long for something sweet. Isn’t it time to take a break? When we are surrounded with people and events we can’t control, that is the time to give over our anxiety to the One who controls everything.
Come away! Smell the sweetness God has prepared for you this day. God beckons you to arise…will you come away from your troubles for just a moment?