From my experience most people seem to associate the word with romance. For example, "My husband and I were intimate last night." But there is more to this powerful word than that. Let me explain.
Webster's Dictionary defines intimacy as the state of being intimate; familiarity, or something of personal or private nature. Some examples they provide:
• the intimacy of old friends
• the intimacy of their relationship
• He felt he achieved a certain intimacy with her.
• The band like the intimacy of the nightclub.
Here is what I learned about intimacy and I think it makes so much sense.
Let's break down the word a little bit more.
Intimacy is more than just romantic relationship between two lovers. It involves friendships at the deepest level too. I think this word has so much importance to me, because I didn't always allow myself to have those relationships/friendships. We could be friends, but if you started to touch on the deeper issues, my walls would go up and I backed off. My fear of allowing others to know me for various reasons kept me from pursing intimate relationships.
But... God changed all that.
Here is my picture of intimacy when it comes to friendships:
• Intimacy is allowing your friend to cry on your lap when she has no idea why she's even crying.
I find myself counting my blessings for the intimate relationships I have. I need to count them more. I hope you are able to count your blessings today.
What other examples of intimacy can you describe?
This is a guest post by Sundi Jo. She is a writer, speaker, and social media consultant, making her home in Branson, Missouri. You’ll either find Sundi Jo engulfed in the social media world, spending time with family and friends, running, hanging out in a pair of jeans, t-shirt, and flip flops, or writing for the Kingdom. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.