Song 5:1 I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse;
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice;
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey;
I have drunk my wine with my milk.
Eat, O friends!
Drink, yes, drink deeply,
O beloved ones!
At the end of the day, as John Lennon said, “all we need is love”. Obviously, Lennon did not know the love of God (even though there are rumors of his conversion just before his death) but he was longing for this love throughout his life. All of us long for love. It starts at our birth, we long to be in our mother’s arms. Throughout our lives we look for love, from our first case of puppy love, to the companionship of best friends, and even to the lifelong commitment of love found in marriage. Still, all of these earthly loves cannot quench the deep thirst for love that beats in all our hearts. We were born for love. The problem is this, not just any love will do. Our very nature cries out for the supernatural love only found in Christ. Heaven will be the culmination of our search for love. Here is a portion from Jonathan Edwards’ sermon called Heaven is a World of Love.
“And all this in a garden of love, the Paradise of God, where everything has a cast of holy love, and everything conspires to promote and stir up love, and nothing to interrupt its exercises; where everything is fitted by an all-wise God for the enjoyment of love under the greatest advantages. And all this shall be without any fading of the beauty of the objects beloved, or any decaying of love in the lover, and any satiety in the faculty which enjoys love. O! what tranquility may we conclude there is in such a world as this! Who can express the sweetness of this peace? What a calm is this, what a heaven of rest is here to arrive at after persons have gone through a world of storms and tempests, a world of pride, and selfishness, and envy, and malice, and scorn, and contempt, and contention and war? What a Canaan of rest, a land flowing with milk and honey to come to after one has gone through a great and terrible wilderness, full of spiteful and poisonous serpents, where no rest could be found? What joy may we conclude springs up in the hearts of the saints after they have passed their wearisome pilgrimage to be brought to such a paradise?”
The best news is this, we can taste this love today. This is the love poured out on us in the person of the Holy Spirit. If you are hurting from a betrayal of love or hurting from the conflicts found in this world, you can find rest drinking in God’s love in the Garden of God.