“Awake, O north wind,
And come, wind of the south;
Make my garden breathe out fragrance,
Let its spices be wafted abroad.
May my beloved come into his garden
And eat its choice fruits!”
— Song of Songs 4:16
While the seeker is at the height of joy, she realizes three things.
First, she realizes she needs the north wind and the south wind. She knows, “When I am in such a marvelous condition, I have to go forward. For my going on, the Lord has to work on me more. O Lord, use every opportunity to work in me. Let the north wind (which is cold, bitter, and insufferable), and the south wind (which is warm, gentle, and comforting) come together upon me.”
Adapted from The Journey of Life, pages 241-242.