Have you ever seen those incredibly talented make up artists who can transform themselves into a totally different person with some bomb contouring and eye shadow? Well, I am not that person. I can barely color inside the lines with my lipstick. And I didn’t even know contouring was a thing until I was in my 30’s.
Now regardless of your skill level or how you feel about make up in general, the stuff is basically magic. I mean, I once saw a woman turn herself into Nicki Minaj. And in case you’re wondering, she looked nothing like Nicki Minaj in real non-make up life.
On the other hand, there are also millions of YouTube videos for make up dummies like myself. Tutorials to help you enhance your beauty without going overboard. Or how to create a date night look that doesn’t resemble a Crayola massacre on your face.
And if you really think about it, intimacy can be the same way. It can transform said relationship into something much different than its initial intentions. Or it can enhance what God has already created, but at the right time and in the right context.
For those of you who aren’t following, here’s an example. You’ve been seeing this guy and you’re getting the hunch that he’s really a creep. But since there are no other prospects or even men looking your way, you decide to take things to the next level out of boredom and desperation. Whether that means kissing, sex, or the whole ‘everything but sex, technically still celibate’ category, you know you’ve crossed a line.
And once that line is crossed, this man’s character and attractiveness levels up from Gollum of Lord of the Rings to Great Gatsby Leo Dicaprio.
Without intimacy you could’ve seen the red flags and all the signs that this man was a waste of your time from the get go. But, since he’s a great kisser and makes you feel desired, you find yourself justifying the way he treats you to your friends. Or making excuses for his behavior towards his family. And worst of all, accepting less than what you God desires for you all for the sake of not being alone.
But let me tell you something honey. It is better to be alone the rest of your life than spend your days trying to make it work with the world’s okayest mate.
And I know that dating as a woman seeking purity before marriage can be hard. Intimacy with boundaries is where the Netflix and Chill and ‘Just come over’ texts go to die. And I LOVE Netflix and free dates.
But intimacy that outpaces the level of commitment is not worth having to retrace the ‘how did I get here’ of a relationship covered in Revlon. Especially one that never should have happened to begin with.
So, ladies, let’s leave the eyeliner and contouring to the experts. And trust that God can enhance the intimacy of your relationship at just the right time if we allow Him to.