By Diane Virginia Cunio
“Come, my beloved, let us go forth…” Song of Solomon 7:11a KJV
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 allegorically 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 say in response, “Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early…” (Song of Solomon 7:11a KJV). This portrays me skipping to my workplace, and Jesus is right beside me, empowering me to serve effectively.
My beginning was not so glorious. In Song of Solomon 1:5-8, my head is down, my shoulders are drooping, 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….
Jesus is not daunted by one challenge I face. He lifts my head, takes my hand, and offers to become my Groom. He is so filled with joy that I’ve come to Him, He is portrayed as leaping like a gazelle (Song of Solomon 2:9 KJV). My beloved shines His light on every one of those shadowy places in my life until only His glory remains. But this is not something I do on my own—He does this for me as I reveal my needs to Him. In this process, He creates in me a joy no circumstance can take away.
When I imagine the great joy He’s worked within me by the time He gives me skipping sandals, I smile wide. Those beautiful shoes and sparkly joints are His gift. My beloved has created me to skip, so I can reach into the spiritual realm and skip with Him each day.
And, so can you….
Lord Jesus, I trust You to create within my spirit a beautiful skip.