Posted on Aug 15, 2017 | 3 comments

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Well, most of the world knows that the biggest solar eclipse will be happening throughout the mid-section of the United States next Monday. It will be a sight to behold – and will be a very rare occurrence. There are all types of discussions on the meaning of the symbolism and a myriad of dire warnings running rampant on the internet. Many are expecting something HUGE to happen. Who knows…scripture just tells us to be ready in season and out. So hopefully  you’re ready for something big – or simply a great light show. Either way, it will be interesting.

What intrigues me more is that it is eve of the first day Elul. If you are not familiar with that term – Elul – let me shed a bit of light on it. I’ve been observing the month of Elul for many, many years – and each time – it is a new experience – each time it is a time of reckoning. Let me explain.

The month of Elul has many doors to open – one of them being the door of the inner heart. The Hebrew letters that make up the word “Elul,” aleph, lamed, vav and lamed, are an acronym for the phrase (from the biblical Song of Songs) ani l’dodi v’dodi li, which means “I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me.” Dwell on that for a few minutes and allow it to sink into the deepest part of your heart.

I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me.

Have you ever heard of a more beautiful and romantic phrase that not only reflects our relationship as it should be with our Creator, but follows the path of our relationships here on this plane? If you take those words into your heart and dwell on them, it is almost as if one is being drawn into the heart of the Father.

There are many explanations concerning the month of Elul and its symbolic meanings in Judaism but the one that heads the list is the belief that this is the month when the “King is in the field” and accessible to all of us. Usually, it is thought, that the King is in the Kingdom and on the throne. However, this month He walks in the field with his subjects….this is the time to approach the King and speak freely.

But there is another message, one not usually talked about and it is about the belief that in the beginning of the month of Elul we are achor el achor, meaning “back to back.” However,  by the end of Elul we are panim el panim, “face to face.” What does that mean? How can we be back to back when the King is supposed to be in the field? If our back is turned, we would believe that His back is turned to us too, wouldn’t we? Assumptions, insinuations,  misinformation. Backs turned.

Let’s explore that a bit, shall we? Back to back. Think about that. Why would one be ‘back to back’? It usually happens when we are angry, hold offenses, if we’re hurt or feel rejected. But whatever the cause, we turn our back on the person (or God). Unfortunately, when our backs are turned, we have no idea what the other person is doing, but it’s much like the ‘delete’ or ‘unfriend’ button on social media – it’s easy when we can’t see the other person face.

But this is how many of our relationships end up – broken – because one or the other turns their back. We WANT to turn around, but we just can’t – we are straining to hear those words, “I’m sorry.” But our backs are turned and we have difficulty hearing.

This month, the month called Elul, is set in place to teach us that we must be willing to turn around. Why? Because “THE KING IS IN THE FIELD”!! The Creator of the universe is waiting – waiting in the field – waiting for us to turn around. The King of the Universe never turns his back on us. All we need to do …. is simply turn around!  The rabbis say that the ‘back to back’ at the beginning of the month is only based on our misperceptions, our fears, and yes, our assumptions! When we turn around – we come ‘face to face’ with our King. And to our surprise and relief, He is there waiting for us…patiently, lovingly, and with arms outstretched.

So what does all this mean, and what are we to do with the implications? Well, I would encourage you to meditate on this and to ask yourself  – are there any relationships in your life that need a face-to-face encounter? Have you made assumptions , gathered misconceptions, or find yourself standing back to back with someone? This is the month…this is the month. Begin this week by thinking on those that you are standing with your back to and pray each day for that person(s). Seek the FACE of YHWH, your Creator and King. Meet Him in the field, face to face and  turn around.


  1. 8-19-2017

    thank you

  2. 8-19-2017

    This brings me to tears! I have never heard this. Thank you so much!

    • 8-20-2017

      Thank you Barbara – that means a lot to me….may you be blessed abundantly.

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