Rise Up, My Love (197): Ageless Attraction

Long hairSong of Solomon 6:5-7 “Thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead. Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them. As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.” Although the bride’s eyes have gone from “cooing” to “overcoming,” her hair has remained the same. In fact, the husband’s description of his beloved’s hair, teeth, and temples are almost exact reiterations of his former similes. Why the repetition?

There are several wonderful possibilities. The first is that the husband’s restatement is a blessed evidence that time had not made his wife any less pleasing to him physically. Although their relationship had deepened and his response to her had become even more profound—as reflected in the effect of her gaze—the physical attributes which had initially drawn him…still drew him! Time had not robbed him of the joy he found in her presence. As he visually drank in her beauty, he remembered that she was still the same girl he had loved and married. Why the same compliments as he showered on her when he first married her? Because he still found her beautiful, and beautiful in many of the same ways.

There are some things that just never grow old…how God paints the evening sky when the sun falls to sleep at night…the dancing flames in a glowing fireplace…the mesmerizing lullaby of ocean waves rolling onto shore…these are a few of my favorite things. Looking into the face of a beloved person is also one of those things. What enchants us as children will usually continue to delight us throughout our life. What we find charming at twenty will likely still charm us at sixty.

Black and White HairTell me, do you still find your spouse beautiful? If you love her/him, you will. It’s funny, but I’ve found something happening within me that I never dreamed would happen when I was young. When I was a girl, I never knew that people could actually find grey hair attractive. I remember my mother saying, “Don’t you think your father looks distinguished with grey hair?” I thought my father was handsome, and he looked okay with grey hair, but it wasn’t really that I thought grey hair was attractive per se, it was just that it looked appropriate on my father, who was “getting old anyway.” I could not have guessed that grey hair would ever be “attractive” to me (in the sense of one human being attracting another human physically). But, as my husband’s lovely frame of dark, gently curling hair has become peppered with salt…and is now turning silver, I find that mysteriously…I actually like grey hair! All of a sudden I noticed that the hair isn’t actually grey, it’s rather a mix of some black and some white strands, and the white strands glisten almost like snow.

White hair is beautiful…haven’t you ever noticed? Why did anyone ever think black hair was intrinsically more beautiful than white? Doesn’t it say that the hair of the Ancient of Days is as white as snow? Could it be that the hair on the king’s beloved now looks like a flock of white goats streaming down the sides of Mount Gilead? Wouldn’t her long tresses, still glistening in the light, be just as beautiful?…and her teeth, and the curve of her cheek? Does it matter if the blush comes from deep underneath the skin…or rests lightly on the surface? And, the fine lines around her eyes…those aren’t really “wrinkles,” they’re just “laugh lines” from all the times she’s laughed with you. Isn’t her smile just as joyous and lovely? Her laughter as delightful? Her ways as pleasing? Perhaps even more so! Is it possible that her husband found her a delight in her youth, but now he is moved even more deeply by her…because now he loves her even more deeply?

4 responses to “Rise Up, My Love (197): Ageless Attraction

  1. Hi Kathi, I liked how you talked about Him complimenting her hair. Here is what I found on hair. 1 Corinthians 11:15 “but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory”
    Descending from Mount Giliad. The idea I get is that of descending from a high place to a lower in a beautiful manner when I look at the hair in your picture. Metaphorically speaking then, her hair beautifully descends from up high and comes down captivating His eye and he compliments her. So then you have “Her glory comes from on High and it is beautiful.” I see the context of 6:4-6:10 as one big compliment as you do i think. Yet each compliment has a spiritual counterpart. Hairs was also a symbol of strength. Consistent with Sampson and the context of her growth in maturity, by chapter 6 she is a strong young woman. So also 1 John 2:14 “I write to you, young men because you are STRONG and the Word of God lives in you. So her “Strength is Glorious coming from Heaven” or “she is spiritually strong and her glory is beautiful coming down from Heaven”. With meditations that are cleaning up pride as teeth coming up from the washing. She was just humbled in 6:2-3 and totally submissive to his/His will. Our meditations are not clean if pride is there during His complimenting us. She was able to keep her teeth clean. Beautiful isn’t it. Imagine Heaven, we get unheard of amounts of praise and honor yet be able to stay humble with pure and holy teeth/meditations!!
    Also after such a great and lengthy compliment in 6:4-6-10 He checks to see if she was able to stay humble in 6:11 “I went down to the grove of nut trees.” So you have been humbled 6:2, enjoyed communion in 6:3 because of the humbling and totally submission 6:3, then a huge praise 6:4-6:10, then checking to see if she stayed humble during such great praise in 6:11, then the compliment of being in battle (against God’s enemy pride in 6:12) then “Come back, Come back…” To keep you humble again!!! then the compliment of the “Dance” and oh what a beautiful dance it was!! I believe this is one meditation starting from 5:10 all the way to 8:4
    Isn’t this the life of a Strong Young woman. She is getting compliments from all over the place, yet she needs to stay humble. So the “Dark am I” meditation of Song 1:5 should keep her humble after such lengthy praises. You see He is preparing us for Heaven!! To be able to receive great praise and stay humble. The better prepared we are here the greater the joy and enjoyment of Him we will have in heaven. What a great wedding feast is waiting for us!!

  2. That ‘s beautiful!

    On Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 12:01 PM, Summer Setting wrote:

    > Kathi posted: “Song of Solomon 6:5-7 “Thy hair is as a flock of goats that > appear from Gilead. Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the > washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among > them. As a piece of a pomegranate are thy te” >

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