She stood on the precipice overlooking the ocean.
Her gaze fixated on the waters as they ebbed and flowed
much like the desires that raged inside her. The drop to
the foaming waters was long and it made her think of the great
distance that would exist between God and her if she gave into
temptation. Her feelings were like the rushing waves that threatened
to sweep her away if she gave in…
In her mind, she heard wisdom, calling out to her, “Listen to me. Don’t
ignore what I say. Turn around and come to me and you will have life.
Ignore me and you will be in danger.”
She felt the pull of good judgment but the desires of her heart resisted,
luring her closer to the edge…Why was it wrong if she gave in? After all,
she and Patrick were engaged. If they decided that they would go all the
way now instead of waiting until the wedding night, surely, that was ok, right?
They loved each other and waiting was agony…they just wanted to take their
love to another level.
Yet…reason seemed to conspire against her, reminding her of
her vow to remain celibate until she was married. And if
that weren’t enough, she heard Paul’s admonition: “Do you not know
that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you
have received from God, and that you are not your own? You were bought
with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit,
which are God’s.”
Try as she did, she couldn’t drown out the voices of wisdom, reason
or Paul…With a start, she realized that she was standing a little too close
to the edge. She quickly backed away, her eyes fixed above and not
below. Her lips moved in silent prayer. After a while the tempest that
raged in her quieted. The momentary lapse of judgment was abated.
Reason had won. She could wait. And if that meant not being alone
with Patrick until their wedding in two weeks, so be it. She knew he would
understand. They loved each other, yes, but they loved the Lord more. And
until they were married, their bodies belonged to Him.
She found a grassy part and knelt down to thank God for pulling her back
from the edge.
Source: 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20