Behind Our Wall, the Beloved
George H. Morrison
Song of Solomon 2:9
The thought that greets me in this little bit of poetry is that God stands behind our human life. A wall is not unlike our human life. A wall is built just as a life is built, stone by stone, with quiet and constant toil. No man dreams himself into a character; he has to forge and hammer himself into a character. And then a wall, just like our human life, at once suggests the thought of limitation. We are "hedged about and we cannot get out." Now the great assurance of the believing soul is that the Beloved is standing just behind our wall. He stands at the back of life, and in the deeps of life, and amid all the springs of action and of thought. Nor must we forget how often in the Scripture this great and energizing view is given us of God standing behind our human life. "I heard a voice behind me," cries Isaiah, "saying this is the way, walk ye in it" (Isa. 30:21). So St. John on Patmos heard a great voice behind him saying, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end" (Rev. 1:10-11). And then the Psalmist catches up that thought and puts it in his own poetic way: "Thou hast beset me behind and before" (Ps. 139:5).
The difficulty of realizing that largely comes from the littleness of things. Our days are all made up of little things. Great experiences come to us but seldom. But I know a little creek down by the Clyde,1 an insignificant and tiny pool. No fish save minnows could ever live in it. The children come to it and lave2 their feet. And yet that little pool is ruled and regulated by the tides of the majestic ocean; behind it is the controlling of the sea. The fall of an apple is a very little thing. It happens a hundred times each autumn day. Yet to Newton,3 behind the falling apple was the magnificent law of gravitation. And if the God of nature is the God of grace, and if He "formed the world to be inhabited" (Isa. 45:18), why should it not be so with human life? Life is not ...
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