By Diane Virginia
When I taught the elementary grades, my litmus test for the children’s well-being was to observe them during recess and ask, “Are they skipping?” Even a child at rest will swing a foot, shrug a shoulder, or sway.
In Song of Solomon 7:1-2a, the Bride of Christ is pictured as a princess wearing gorgeous shoes, and with jeweled thighs. Why? She is spiritually adorned with these so she can skip with reckless abandon as a child does.
I am Jesus’ Bride, so I like to think of these as my skipping sandals:
How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O princes’ daughter!
The joints of thy thighs are like jewels;
the work of the hands of a cunning workman.
Song of Solomon 7:1-2a KJV
I respond by saying to my Groom, “Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early…” I am skipping to my workplace anticipating projects I’ll get to do. Where is my Groom Jesus Christ? He is right beside me, empowering me to serve effectively.
My beginning was not so glorious. In Song of Solomon 1:5-8 KJV, my head is down, my shoulders are drooping, and my life feels like a mess. Problems overwhelm me, and I’ve lost my way. But this scenario changes when I tell Jesus I need Him to be Lord of my life….
What is my beloved’s response? Jesus is not daunted by any challenge I face. He lifts my head, takes my hand, and dances upon the mountaintop with me. He offers to become my Groom despite the challenges I face and despite any of my imperfections. He skips with me upon the high mountaintop like a young hart who has found his mate. He is so filled with joy that I’ve come to Him, He is pictured as leaping like a trained Broadway dancer.
My Lord shines His light on every one of those shadowy places of my life until they are erased and only His glory remains in me. But this is not something I do on my own—He does this for me as I choose to reveal my needs to Him. I find my Groom’s love overcomes any fears. In this transformational process, He creates in me a joy no circumstance can take away, and a confidence within me that His love for me is constant and is not performance-based.
If my Beloved Groom, loves me enough to skip with me as I begin my spiritual journey with Him, imagine the joy He has worked in me by the time He brings me my skipping sandals. Those beautiful shoes and sparkly joints I am wearing in Song of Solomon 7:1 are Jesus’ gift to me. My Groom’s skip becomes my skip, and He makes my joy complete.
You, dear reader, are the Bride of Christ. Your beloved Groom has created you to skip. So, reach into the spiritual realm, take your Savior’s hand, and skip with Him today.
Lord Jesus, I trust You to create within my spirit a beautiful skip.
Skip is a non-fiction devotion. Concepts are taken from The Kiss of Peace: An Intimate Exploration into Song of Solomon by Diane Virginia Cunio (awaiting publication). Used with permission.