I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you stir not up, nor awake my love, until it pleases. ~ Song of Solomon 8:4
Many times after my ex broke up with me, both my brother and my parents tried to drill it into my mind that I told him too early that I loved him. What they never understood and what I do not regret is that I waited a whole month after he first started telling me he loved me to finally say it back to him. They felt that regardless of how long I waited to tell him, because it was still only 3 months after I met him, that it was too soon. I however, knew that every time he said it to me and I didn’t say it back, it hurt him.
I don’t regret it, but I realize now that he never tried to guard my heart. He never truly cared about wanting to protect me and keep me safe. God wants us to be careful of love being stirred up in our hearts too early. God wants us to keep our feelings asleep until the time is right. From telling me he loved me after just two months to stealing my first kiss, his aim was never to help protect my heart.
However, this God of ours- this Jesus… He does try to help us guard our hearts and yet He is THE ONLY ONE who our hearts are most safe with. He will never leave us, He will never forsake us, He will never betray us. There is none like Him and we can always be assured that when our heart rests in Him, it is safe.
Help me as I journey towards Your future for me to guard my heart and not let things stir up love in it before the time is right. Help me to keep my eyes and mind open to watching for those who do not have MY best interests at heart. I adore You so Jesus. I love You with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength.