Updated: Mar 5, 2020
“Awake, north wind, and come, south wind!
Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may
spread everywhere. Let my beloved come into
his garden and taste its choice fruits.”
Song of Songs 4 : 16
“I have come into my garden, my sister, my
bride;” Song of Songs 5 : 1
We should not wither away when the wind of
adversity blows on us. No doubt, we all have had winds of
adversity in our life. Circumstances are not always in our
favour. We have often had to face winds of adversity with
in our family. How much adversity have we confronted
since our childhood! How unexpectedly have
misfortunes, losses and disasters have befallen usdiseases
contracted, accidents occurred and dear ones
departed! We have come across rivalries, attacks and
misunderstandings posed by others. We have been
excruciatingly surrounded with crises and problems.
Each one of us has come across one or other of such
adversity. If we have to remain unruffled by the winds of
adversity, Jesus must be in our boat.
Don't you get flagged by winds of adversity?
For Jesus Christ is there on board your boat
O bride of the lamb, the trumpet is about to blow
O witnesses of Christ, the afflictions are about to
In the company of Jesus Christ I am at peace, I am at
rest. My mind will not weary, however hard the wind of
adversity blows. I will not be disheartened. The devotee
sings that Jesus Christ is his ultimate refuge and shade.
We have had adversities in life. Many of us are still facing
The North wind is blowing hard. The South Wind has
encircled me. I am not alarmed whether the north wind
blows hard or the south wind has turned violent. Whether
the north wind blows or the south wind buffets, only
fragrance will flow out of my garden, only peace will
emanate from there. Both north and south winds are
winds of adversity. But Shulamite says that she isn't
Blow upon my garden, so that its fragrance may waft
off my garden. However hard you blow, it will give off only
fragrance. From this garden of my life only goodness and
love can come out. It is the presence of Lord Jesus Christ
that is permeate in this garden. His sovereignty over it is
indisputable. Solely for this reason nothing but Christ's
essence can come out of it, however hard the wind blows
on it. Let crises arise, let your husband desert you, let your
parents hate you, let your children neglect you and
rubbish you; whatever be the adversities that you come
face to face, there will be only aroma that comes out of this
garden, because God reigns there.
My spouse, my sister, my dove, thou innocent one of
mine, I have come to my garden. My dear friend, who is
reading this word of God, Lord Jesus Christ has come to
his garden. He wants to view his creation. He has come to
see the tender plants that he has planted and is tending in
his garden. He has come to water them and root out the
parasitic weeds that filch their nutrients. Let the north wind
arise, let the south wind blow hard, but nothing daunted,
only spices flow out of his garden as my beloved has
come to it. It exudes only love, forgiveness, compassion,
forbearance, selflessness and humility.
Dear God's child, you come across illnesses,
setbacks, misfortunes and freak accidents. Dear ones
depart, you confront bereavement of dear husband,
beloved wife or darling children, which you haven't ever
bargained for. You incur heavy losses. There are so many
things to depress you in life, unbearable hostilities,
unsurmountable exigencies, deadly debacles. Fear,
anxiety and violence are the likely responses in such
circumstances. But while the beloved resides in the
garden, there can't be violence, but only tranquillity and
the aromatic breeze.
Which is this garden? It is each one of us. He has
been conserving these tender plants; tending, watering,
weeding, treating and protecting them from pests. Dear
ones, let our beloved Lord reign in the garden of our heart,
garden of our life.
“I have entered my garden, my treasure, my
bride! I gather myrrh with my spices and eat
honeycomb with my honey. I drink wine withmy milk. Oh, lover and beloved, eat and drink!
Yes, drink deeply of your love!”
Song of Songs 5 : 1
Once Jesus comes, there comes love and peace
and all good things. Once Jesus resides in the heart of a
man, there is peace in him. If Jesus resides in a family,
there is peace in that family. Where there is Christ, it is
heaven. When Christ comes in to a man's heart that heart
Christ enters to establish heaven in our heartsheavenly
love, heavenly purity, heavenly ease, and
heavenly peace. Christ enters to give us the serenity of
Consider whether the spice flows out of you. Due to
the purity of your character, due to the integrity of your
character, due to your humility, due to your composure,
due to your gentleness, due to your magnanimity, due to
the wonderful peace of the Holy Ghost that permeates
your heart, are you able to emit the fragrance in your
office, your establishment, your hostel room, your house?
Let us transmit the fragrance of Christ to others.
Where is the fragrance of the Holy Ghost available?
From the wounds of Christ. We get this fragrance from the
five wounds of Jesus Christ. Our forefathers who have
experienced this fragrance sang:
I scented the sweet smell of myrrh from your
wounds, O my Lord
Your lips are similar to silk threads.
I hurried to see them, but soldiers surrounded me
I dodged them and rushed on to Golgotha
Where I saw your side pierced and bleeding
Praise be to the Lord who redeems us by the
Halleluiah………. I shout.
Your lovely beauty and marvels enchant me
And I have no voice equal to singing thy praise,
O son of God.
What I received when I heard the message that
sprang from thy soft and exquisite lips was the aroma of
myrrh from your wounds. Your lips are soft and delicate as
silk threads. I got the scent of incense from the words that
streamed out of those delicate lips. I rushed to find out the
origin of this incense. Some people asked me, “Where are
you hurrying to?” “Didn't you get the scent of myrrh?”
asked the devotee.
'What fragrance? Don't bluff, isn't it a pigment of your
imagination? These are canards spread by ignorant and
senseless people. You shouldn't be gullible enough to run
after such foolishness. Why don't you think rationally?
Haven't you learnt enough science, physics and
chemistry, not to run after the so called scent of myrrh?
Are you not educated? Refrain from running after such
foolishness.' Thus saying, the soldiers tried to prevent the