This month turned out wildly different than I had imagined it would, but I’ve also felt closer to the Lord than I have in a while so for that, I’m so grateful. My adventures included celebrating one of my best friends at her wedding in North Carolina, and a quick trip to DC for a worship concert! I invested in a lot of things this month which have been very transformative, but for the purposes of this blog I will share about investing in intimacy with the Lord.
The first day of the month was Amy + Josh’s wedding, where I was honored to be a bridesmaid! Amy was the brave friend who took on Colorado with me after we graduated from college. The love she and Josh have for the Lord is contagious, and it’s so beautifully exhibited in their love for one another as well. The trip also involved getting to see some of my other closest friends as I visited Wilmington before the wedding– it was all such a restful time for me. Toward the end of the month my stepdad & I drove to DC & back in the same night for the Elevation/Hillsong/Casting Crowns concert! Corporate worship at that scale gives me goosebumps just thinking about it and the concert itself was just as awe-inspiring.
Intimacy is defined as “close familiarity or friendship.” It is a beautiful thing that the creator of the universe desires this kind of relationship with us. In order to reach a level of intimacy with a friend, we have to make time for them, do things with them, and become vulnerable sharing our thoughts and feelings. The perception of Christianity as mere rule following and mindless checks in the box is disheartening to even think of. God wants our intimacy– He wants us to be closely familiar with His character. Don’t be that friend who everyone knows only calls when you need something. Be a friend to Jesus like the first person you tell when anything mildly exciting, strange, or upsetting happens to you. Spend pre-planned and spontaneous time alone with Him. Invest in an intimate friendship with the Lord and watch how peace and joy begin to fill your days like never before.
For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends. John 15:13
What a friend we have in Jesus.