Song of Solomon 4
12 You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride;
you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.
13 Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates
with choice fruits,
with henna and nard,
14 nard and saffron,
calamus and cinnamon,
with every kind of incense tree,
with myrrh and aloes
and all the finest spices.
15 You are[b] a garden fountain,
a well of flowing water
streaming down from Lebanon.
I love this scripture. a lot of people stay clear of SOS but its actually a really good book to study. I did and found a lot of inspiration and revelation from it. like for instance, this scripture above. in a nut shell, Its the man talking to his bride and calling her a locked fountain and etc. and the passage goes on to her response to him inviting him in. it got me thinking about the topic of being a locked garden and how to find the balance in being open and inviting but guarding your heart. I think in this day and age the lines are blurred so often that we don’t even know how to do 1 timothy 5:2 [ In 1 Timothy 5:1-2, Paul tells Timothy that he should, “Treat…younger women like sisters, in all purity.”]. I know for me, physical purity is not really an issue but emotional purity is something hard fought for. We ALL want to know and be known. and have someone to share our hopes and dreams and trials and tribulations and the mundane things of the day. but where is the line between what you share in relationship and what you share in friendship. I’m not the expert on this and trying to find the right path to take.
Now I may be old school, which i’ve been told on multiple accounts, but I think there is a beauty is the unvieling given to the man who has commited his life to you. married. not be crude but you know, the one who buys the bently. the one who pays the price for the rights. LOL. no ding ding without the ring ring. and no intimacy with out commitment. I personally don’t want to give pieces of my heart to any old body. seriously, who would give their hope diamond to a thief or a liar? i’m just saying. think about it. I, we women, are lush gardens, faithfully created and tended by God, and the person who gets to enjoy it should be trusted, faithful and commited to you and the ways of God.
these are all just thoughts. still praying about balance and seeking God’s ways and not my own. one that honors but doesnt alienate. one that isnt being legalistic but living loved and in relationship. one that is open and inviting without being offputting. i fail but i always get up and try again. so hard but so worth it.