Intimacy grows in the soil of relational closeness that all individuals crave. Seeds of communication can fuel the depth of intimacy to new levels leading to a more fulfilling connection. Intimacy therefore, when progresses unravels mercy providing an ebb and flow that is only possible when two souls have a union that allows for complete expression of individuality yet allowing for movement as a unit. People crave this intimacy so deeply that the emptiness from the lack of human connection leads to a drive to various addictive behaviors when this need is not met.
Apart from addiction, lack of intimacy can also manifest as lack of purpose, passion for life and vitality of the soul. Intimacy that flourishes in human relationships can yield and provoke creative expressions.
“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Information on the other hand, conveys facts at times and other times, inferences based on data. Being that information is limited and can be proven wrong with new discoveries in science and technology, it cannot remain a firm foundation due to its nature of being in an inherently dynamic state. Information does not always evoke emotion as does intimacy; it provides knowledge that may or may not be applicable on an individual level. True knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to application. But knowledge with intimacy puffs up and releases the stench of pride. Intimacy dances over our hearts, decorating us with a fluid tenderness.
Thus, intimacy speaks to an individual on a personal level igniting a connection that isn’t merely possible with facts. This is the main reason why Jesus mainly spoke in parables which are stories with meanings since stories speak to us and remain in our psyche rather than factual data. Most of us can easily recall which writers and stories have most influenced us whether in worldview or creative expressions; the tangible results are undeniable.
A plan (motive, wise counsel) in the heart of a man is like water in a deep well, But a man of understanding draws it out. -Prov 20:5
Intimacy triumphs information and thus, a relationship will always offer more than religion for this reason. Intimacy will speak to the aspect of our soul that craves delightful union; one that is meant to increase moment by moment with our savior. An aspect of intimacy that is distinct is intimacy is invitational; an invitation to set aside all preconceived notions to surrender and yield to a dialogue amidst stillness. Yes, because silence whispers. In the whispers of revelation, hope is born, delivering the dawn of possibilities.
In a world of information overload, there is a lot of information but not enough wisdom. God’s Word equips us with wisdom but the world gives us information.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, since it is written, He catches the wise in their craftiness. – 1 Cor 3:19
Wisdom imparts by intimacy builds a legacy of security needed to weather the challenges and seasons of life. So take heart, dear soul and let your heart be receptive once again. Succumb to the tidings intimacy brings, faith, hope and everlasting love. Copyright © 2019 Shelley Singh