My Shy and Modest Dove!

by Beverly Gorman

The Invitation, the Dance and ultimately Union…. so beautifully poetically scripted in the Song of Songs. Where is our resistance and where are we welcoming the pursuer of our souls…. our Beloved.

The beautiful dance between the 2 dancers in the film clip below shows this intimate encounter between the lover and the beloved. But the question lingers…. why did she leave him at the end of the dance after this beautiful encounter?

The woman dancing is me… I have left my Beloved many times after such sweet and intimate encounters… chasing after other lovers, pursuing my own agenda and returning to the addictions and attachments that so easily compete for my affections. But my lover continues to woo me, to pursue me, to call me, to seek me, even after I have deserted him for other lovers.

‘Come my shy and modest dove- leave your seclusion, come out in the open. Let me see your face, let me hear your voice. For your voice is soothing and your face is ravishing.’ Song of Songs 2: 14

Will I continue to resist Him or be welcomed back into the loving arms of the One who always remains? He is patiently steadfast as He waits for my return so that we might begin the dance once again!

“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love, rivers cannot wash it away.” Song of Songs 8: 6-7 


Click on the invitation to enter the dance!