Set me as a Seal

Have you ever taken a candle and tipped it slightly while it was still lit, letting the wick of the candle melt away the wax, causing it to dribble out onto the table or a piece of paper and then as it began to cool you would take your ring and dip it into the wax to create a seal?

I ended up doing this recently on a whim as I was relaxing at home, listening to a little bit of jazz and reading Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, playing with a candle that I had received as a gift made specifically as “dripping wax”. Using my class ring from college, I dipped the front face of it in olive oil and then lighting the wick, began to watch the red wax liquify and begin to drop onto a piece of paper; letting it cool for a moment so that it would have a foundation and then, slowly pressing my ring into it and holding it there so that it could set in the form of the ring.

For me, this ring, a gift from my parents during college has been a symbol reminding me of the new covenant that the Lord offers us. I usually take it off while I sleep, but every morning when I put it back on, I’m reminded of the seal that Christ has on my heart. Playing with the wax and the ring, and creating the seal brought to mind a song that I sang while in a Christian choir during college. It spoke of a seal that was set upon our hearts and the trials we would endure, how even love could conquer death and that even water could not quench love. It was based off of scripture, specifically Song of Solomon 8:6-7.

Put me like a seal over your heart,
Like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy is as severe as Sheol;
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
The very flame of the LORD.
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Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor will rivers overflow it;
If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love,
It would be utterly despised.

The idea of love being as strong as death at first sort of confused me, but upon pondering it a little more I realized that this love was the love of the Father, giving His Son, Christ, to conquer the death that was due all of us. This love, not even water could quench and hold it down.

My fourth year of college, for concerts we actually closed our concerts with this piece. It seems odd to think about this seal and how it is unable to be broken, but the seal of the Lord is a mighty seal, one that is impenetrable. Once sealed always sealed. The Lord’s seal is a comfort, knowing that we are His, we are under His protection.

In those times where I start to feel insecure (yes, even I feel insecure from time to time) I think back to this scripture and am reminded that I am eternally secure, eternally in His grip, eternally being watched over by Him. The next time that things get rough, look to the seal on your heart and be reminded that through all things, the Lord will be with you, always.

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One thought on “Set me as a Seal

  1. Dan, have you listened to Michael Card’s tune along the same lines? A love song about love being as strong as death. It’s worth a listen. I think it’s called “Arise my Love”…

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