For the past few years, I have prayed and asked God for a word that I might focus on in the year to come. The last two years my words were order and restoration. This year, my word both frightens and excites me. It is INTIMACY.
The following are definitions from the Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition.
IN’TIMACY, noun [from intimate.] Close familiarity or fellowship; nearness in friendship.
IN’TIMATE, noun A familiar friend or associate; one to whom the thoughts of another are entrusted without reserve.
IN’TIMATE, verb transitive [Low Latin intimo, to intimate to register, to love entirely, to make one intimate to enter, from intimus.]
Close familiarity, one to whom the thoughts of another are entrusted without reserve, to love entirely, to make one intimate to enter…
These struck me. Is anything stirring in your heart as you read the above? I don’t know about you, but I have missed God. I am weary of this world’s version of Him. I want Him.
God knows that the pain and challenges of life can cause us to withhold our hearts, not only from those around us, but most tragically from Him.
In the coming year, I hope this blog will be a place to talk about the journey God has me on as I entrust myself to Him with fresh intention. I’d love to have you join me if you too long for an intimacy with God. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to join me.
I am certain this will be challenging. There are some things we must be willing to do to go on a journey like this. We must be willing to repent of the things that are revealed to us about our own hearts. We must be willing to let go of all other things and focus our minds on God alone. We must humbly approach the throne of grace so that the intimacy can flow both ways. We must allow Him to prepare us for intimacy with love Himself.
My brokenness has made me ready, has yours?
Lord, my prayer is simple. I know that what I am asking is beyond my comprehension. Yet, I am still asking. Please come and love me up close.