Come away with me

Come away with me
by Joel Howard

Did you ever hear the love song, "Come away with me" by Norah Jones (2002, Blue Note Records)?  It is a sweet, romantic song in which Jones beckons her lover to join her in the respite of quiet love: 

"Come away with me in the night
Come away with me
And I will write you a song
Come away with me on a bus
Come away where they can't tempt us, with their lies"

For the past twenty years and at every coffee shop we have often heard this song, as well as at weddings and special romantic occasions.  As do many songs, Jones' song can tell us a deeper story of our longings.  In this case it tells of our thirst for a Love who can provide for us the intimacy we crave and the shelter for which we were made.  

The good news for us today is that Norah Jones' song only scratches the surface, as it borrows from a call that rings deep throughout eternity in God's Word. God is the Lover and we are the Bride.  His desire for us has always been for an inviting, dependable relationship: 

   "Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away" 
                                      (Song of Solomon 1:13, ESV)

  "Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest awhile" 
                                          (Mark 6:31, ESV)

  "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters" 
                                              (Isaiah 55:1, ESV)
In this busy world, does your heart long for quiet?  Despite your regrets, do you long for one more true invitation?  As evil rages worldwide, do you long for the affirming "yes" of your Father in heaven?  Come to God in the Scriptures today and meet for yourself the Singer and the Song that all other love songs merely attempt to echo. And come today: His song is always playing!

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