I had an epiphany this morning while reading one of my favorite books, Praying For Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer. This book goes through different ways to pray for your future husband in each chapter and I happened to be on the one that’s titled: “Praying for Intimacy.”
I know what you’re thinking: “Ew that’s so gross.” Get your heads out of the gutter ladies because it was talking about intimacy in the mind and soul.
What hit me was that the authors pointed out the intimate relationship between Jesus and John at the Last Supper when John laid his head on Jesus’ chest (John 15). Imagine having that intimate of a relationship with Christ. One where you can rest your head on his chest, cry, and feel no shame in coming to him and sharing your sins.
I want that kind of intimacy with Christ.
Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were completely unashamed to be naked in front of each other, and in front of God. They didn’t mind be naked physically, emotionally, or mentally.
That is what God wants from us. He wants us to come with everything we have to His open arms because He loves us and desires a relationship with us. He longs for us to lay our head on His chest and vent to Him about our rough day or about the exam we did poorly on.
No matter how big or small we think the problem is, He’s ready to comfort us and encourage us.
Think back to the Last Supper. Jesus was being betrayed at that very moment and He knew that he was going to be crucified the next day, yet He still let John put his head on his chest. Even though He could’ve asked for strength for what was to come, instead He gave strength to John.
How amazing is God’s love for us.
When we have that kind of relationship with Christ, we’re not the only ones who get to talk. God wants to share Himself with us and invite us into His heart to see what He sees.
At first I didn’t understand what that meant or how it could work, but then I thought of all the times when my heart broke for this world and I would lay in bed at night praying and sobbing for the millions of people out there who don’t know Jesus.
God was giving me a glimpse of His broken heart. He wanted to show me how much His heart hurts from seeing His children in pain.
What an intimate thing.
Who am I that I should be allowed into God’s heart? Who are we to boast in our love for Christ when He loves us more in one moment than anyone could in a lifetime?
We are nothing in this world, but yet we are everything to Him.
Being intimate doesn’t always mean being intimate physically. We can be intimate with our minds, hearts, and souls.
As we go about our day, let us pray that we will become more intimate in our relationship with God so, in turn, we will be intimate with our future husbands when the time comes.
Thank You, Lord, for Your longing to come to us and draw us near. Thank You that You wait for us with open arms and beckon us to come with no shame. Thank You that You love us completely, sins and all. I pray today that my future husband would also seek an intimate relationship with You so, when the time is right, we will have an intimate relationship with each other that shares in one mind, body, and spirit. Amen.
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