“I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking: ‘Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one.’” (Song of Songs 5:2 NIV)
The saddest moment in the Song of Songs is when the bride hears her bridegroom’s knock, but doesn’t rise to meet him until after he’s gone away. Yes, they’re reconciled later–after the bride has spent anxious hours looking everywhere for him–but through the experience she learns to put inconvenience aside and respond to his invitation.
How inconvenient is prayer? How softly does the Savior knock? Is He worth stepping out of a warm bed onto a cold floor to answer the door for? If we listen carefully, we’ll hear the answer in His words of affection for us, “My sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one.”
No one in the whole universe loves us more sweetly, tenderly, wholeheartedly, or affirmatively.