Turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag upon the mountains of Bether.~Song of Solomon 2:17 NKJV
Our Beloved is Lord of the dance, and we, His Bride, are His dance partner.
When we first come to Him, He asks us if we are willing to “come away” to the mountain retreat that is accessible only through prayer. We climb Mount Bether, traversing its steep embankment, trusting Beloved to guide us to the next handhold and foothold of the cliff face.
As we reach the summit, Beloved encourages us to talk to Him. Our Bridegroom wants to hear our voice! He meets every need, never being embarrassed by the secrets we share—those soul injuries no one knows about. He dances upon Bether, which means “division,” chasing away every shadowy thought by the light of His Word.
Beloved dances upon Bether Mountain as a young stag, youthful and strong. He sees how close we will draw to Him, and He is there as we approach. He invites us into His embrace, loving us until our soul is healthy. He delights to bring us healing from the traumas of life.
Beloved stotts upon Bether Mountain also as the gazelle, leaping high in a display of power and of joy. He is protective of His Bride, and He wants everyone to know we are His. Divisiveness does not own us! Lest the enemy come close, he’s going to get a mouth full of hooves!
This scene repeats in our bridal relationship; Beloved wooing us to “come away.” He brings us to the mountains, but it’s not always the same location. All of the places are in the Lebanon Mountain range, which represents the place of prayer, but there are many locations within it.
Sometimes, it is Bether—division mountain—that He takes us to. At other times, it may be Mount Gilead to receive a much-needed physical healing. Often, it is Mount Amana—the amen agreement being worked deep within our spirit. At times it is Mount Senir, where He teaches us spiritual warfare, while at the same time wooing us to visit the secret garden of Mount Hermon, where we come into unity with our Bridegroom.
All of these locations represent our holiness walk, and this spiritual cleansing makes us progressively more like our Groom, our eyes becoming as doves’ eyes—a reflection of His Holy Spirit within us. Not once is He judgmental; He knows which location will make us whole, and He is filled with joy that we are willing to go with Him.
Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.~Song of Solomon 8:14 NKJV
The most intimate location is the enclosed garden—representative of the Holy of Holies, or the Bridal Chamber. Here spices flow, flowers bloom, an artesian well bubbles as a fountain watering the garden, and Spring comes to our hearts, a welcoming renewal, remaking us into the most beautiful Bride imaginable.
Eventually, our eyes of love overcome our Bridegroom. He says to us, “Turn your eyes away from me, for they have overcome me (Song 6:5a NKJV). But in reality, He longs to see our eyes gazing in adoration, and longing for our next mountain visitation. He hopes we will be ready for the enclosed garden, His favorite place, and ours.
We are the ones requesting the mountain visitation, and we are the ones asking Him if we can go from thence to the valleys to evangelize souls. Our feet are adorned with sparkly shoes, and fit for the journey.
By the end of the vignette…our hesitancy to come away with Beloved has been erased.~Diane Virginia, author of The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon
By the end of the vignette, we long for bridal visitations and our hesitancy to come away has been erased. But rather than our Bridegroom taking us to Bether Mountain, where He chases the shadowy lies from our spirit by the light of His Word, He usually takes us to “the mountains of spices” simply to commune with Him, Spirit to spirit.
We have progressed from Mount Bether to the secret garden of Mount Hermon. We have come from brokenness to wholeness. The love of our Bridegroom has made the difference. Not once did we make it on our own—this has been a dance with the Bridegroom, where His love alone has brought peace to our longing souls. Our Beloved is Lord of the Dance, and King of the mountain range.
Enter in, Bride of Christ, for wherever your Bridegroom takes you, you will find His kiss of divine peace. Step into Beloved’s arms and dance, for your Mountain Dancer who awaits.
Are you ready to dance with the Bridegroom?
My Beloved Bridegroom Jesus Christ, I accept Your invitation to traverse the Lebanon Mountain Range—Prayer Mountain. Wherever You take me in the Spirit as we explore its locations, I know You have a purpose for me being there. Wrap me in Your arms of peace and dance with me. Cleanse me, making me more like You. I love You, and I yield my spirit fully to You. Amen.
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Meet Our Contributor
Diane Virginia (Cunio) is an award-winning author, and the founder/ director of VineWords: Devotions and More. She is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2005.She has been a member of Word Weavers since 2019.
Diane’s book, The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press),won The Sparrow Award, Second Runner Up, at the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference 2019. The sequel, Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon, is in the works.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer centers for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places where the Bride of Christ travels to in the allegory, Song of Solomon. She envisions these prayer gardens to serve as refuges for seekers and believers alike where they can tarry, worship, and find or deepen their relationships with Jesus Christ.
Diane is a co-editor, co-compiler, and contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Diane is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Broadcasting Network, Christian Devotions Ministries, Faith Beyond Fear, Inspire a Fire, Pentecostal Publishing House, PresbyCan Daily Devotional, The Secret Place, VineWords: Devotions and More, and other ministries.
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