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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Touch (the sense of touch) (08/05/10)

TITLE: Touch of Wisdom
By Lizzy Ainsworth
08/11/10


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Touch of Wisdom

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases. SOS 2:7 (NKJV)

Such a statement, seemed to be so vague, dampening and generally confusing to me at the young age of 15, I completely ignored it; unless the fear of the parents, conscience pricked. The thought occasionally happened to float through the romantically saturated lump of noodles, I called my brain, that perhaps our sense of touch was a bit dangerous, but most likely that train of thought was just old fashioned. It was a choo choo and a red flashing night that I intended to ignore.

I was young and I was in love. I did not even know that such bliss existed, and was probably the most innocent babe the 21st centaury had ever produced. What was wrong? What was right? The only boundary my boyfriend and I had was that we would not kiss until our wedding day, but the rest of our boundaries were as cloudy as the threatening storm clouds above and murky as the current threatening to tear us away from safe moorings.

Our sense of touch was not overly wise, but a touch of wisdom was on the way, however when it came, it felt rather more like a slap. Holding hands and side-hugs, thats it, came the verdict from Dad.

The restrictions chafed our sense of responsibility, threatened our immaturity and blistered our freedom, but the healing touch of wisdom gradually soothed our wounded pride. Gentle yet firm, it led us into a renewed trust of each other and the watchful eyes of the parenthood. The touch of wisdom poked and prodded us back on track when we wandered and it pointed out healthier ways to deepen our relationship.

The touch of wisdom is not finished though. One day, with fingers trembling it would reach down to light the match under the kindling of marriage and it would guide along the firm path away from the overgrown track of immorality.

And so . . .
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases. SOS 2:7 (NKJV)


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/15/10
This is a wonderful example of how waiting for the right one can be difficult and confusing, but quite rewarding in the end.