This morning this verse came to my mind.
Son 8:5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?
Is this why we are put into the wilderness? So that we come out stronger than what we were? What a better place to go than shut in with the Lord? To go through trial and tribulation of learning to depend upon Him alone. So then we can come out saying…”He upholdeth me..”
Son 3:6 Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?
“She ascends out of the wilderness, the dry and barren land, where there is no way, where there is no water, where travellers are still in want and ever at a loss; here a poor soul may long be left to wander, but shall come up, at last, under the conduct of the Comforter. (2.) She comes up like pillars of smoke, like a cloud of incense ascending from the altar or the smoke of the burnt-offerings. This intimates a fire of pious and devout affections in the soul, whence this smoke arises, and the mounting of the soul heaven-ward in this smoke (as Jdg_13:20), the heart lifted up to God in the heavens, as the sparks fly upward. Christ’s return to the soul gives life to its devotion, and its communion with God is most reviving when it ascends out of a wilderness.” – Matthew Henry
Son 6:10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?
She is strong and able because her hope is in the Lord, into finding and seeking Him. Her affections set.