April 9, 2020, 2:12am
This new artwork was inspired by an amazing encounter I had with Jesus. With the start of Passover the evening before, I woke up at 2:12am and clearly heard and saw the words “Come away with Me.” The Song of Solomon immediately came to mind. And then from the open window a gust of warm wind blew in over me. It was as if Jesus was right outside the window. I was so overwhelmed with LOVE - being loved and desired and pursued by Jesus.
(Photo of my encounter window with new “Come Away - with verses - Peel & Stick” on the wall.)
Later in the morning I heard a bird singing outside but it was like a human whistling. I couldn’t locate the bird but there were beautiful signs of spring - green grass, flowers blooming, fresh air and the thought, "It's a new day.” I couldn’t wait to look up Song of Songs, specifically verse 2:12. Many times God will speak to me through numbers and colors. I was already envisioning new artwork with pale yellow, a salmon color and window photos from Israel. Reading and meditating on the following verses I was amazed with how they related to this encounter:
English Standard Version:
10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
11 for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing[a] has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
a. Or pruning
The Passion Translation:
10 The one I love calls to me:
Arise, my dearest. Hurry, my darling.
Come away with me!
I have come as you have asked
to draw you to my heart and lead you out.
For now is the time, my beautiful one.
11 The season has changed,
the bondage of your barren winter has ended,
and the season of hiding is over and gone.
The rains have soaked the earth[a]
12 and left it bright with blossoming flowers.
The season for singing and pruning the vines has arrived.[b]
I hear the cooing of doves in our land,[c]
filling the air with songs to awaken you
and guide you forth.
a. The rains speak of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. She is refreshed and prepared to move out with him.
b. Or “The season of singing has arrived.” The Hebrew word for “pruning” is a homonym that can also mean “singing.”
c. This is the turtledove, which is heard only at the time of harvest. The turtledove is also an acceptable sacrifice of cleansing in place of a lamb. The words “our land” show the joint possession of all things that we enjoy through our union with Christ.
This was not only a transforming and personal encounter but an encouraging and urgent awakening call for all of us - His beloved Bride. HE IS SO NEAR! This past season is done, and it's a new day in "our land." Lord, thank You for Your amazing love and mercy. Help us to rise up, be prepared and be bold in inviting everyone to the marriage supper of the Lamb! HE IS WORTHY!!!