My lover spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” (Song of Solomon 2:10-13)

The writer Solomon wrote of two lovers who sang love songs to one another and here we find them talking to one another about the passing of winter. It is a beautiful scene. It reminds me of our relationship with our Lord. Why? Well, He spoke lover’s language to us as well. Oh, yes dear one He did!

Jesus whispers to us His beloved, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) The word “remain,” which is “abide” in the KJV is a lover’s term.