While she is sitting in a garden with friends, he comes back to see her. His request:
You who dwell in the gardens,
with close friends listening attentively to your voice,
let me hear you.
He acknowledges her friends and asks that he can hear her voice.
Her response to him as she leaves her friends and goes off with him using a phrase she used in chapter two but changing from “hills of Bether” or “hills of separation” or “rugged hills” to “spice-laden mountains”. He asks to hear her voice, she confidently offers much more.
Hurry, my beloved and be like a gazelle or a young stag
on the mountains of spices..
Oh so cool. They live happily ever after.
That is how it works in fairy tales, at least the way that Walt Disney ended them in his movies. But there is no guarantee that it will work that way. Solomon ended up with 1000 women (wives and concubines) He said this is a book that he wrote near the end of his life. While I was still searching, but not finding, I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all. (Ecclesiastes chapter 7 verse 28).
But what happened with her?
We don’t know. They had a chance at greatness. No one can break two people apart, but either person can let love slip away. Both people have to hold on to love for it to last.
What is the use? It always seems to fall apart. Why not just go for what you can get each day?
The enemy of great is good. People settle for good or good enough because it is much easier than going for great. If you will settle for good, you may end up in a relationship with someone who is ‘good enough’, ‘not so bad’, ‘could be worse’, or even ‘what was I thinking’. When you go for great there is the chance of failure. But, there is also the possibility of success.
Imagine that you are an eagle. But, you’ve settled for life with the turkeys. You all walk around together and hope to make it through each Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t it be sad to spend your life walking around when you could have learned how to fly. If you are an eagle, then learn how to soar with the eagles.
I don’t know. It seems so hard.
Here is part of a poem that expresses what can happen when you go for great.
And maybe I can live
And have freedom
And flowing love
And enjoy rainbows
And maybe even
Face to face
Go for great. Fly like an eagle.