“‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.”
Intimacy – it is the point of all creation. We were meant to love and be loved. We were meant to trust and depend and be dependable. We were meant to be agents of beauty, creativity, stewardship, and caring.
But we must learn to be those things. They do not come automatically. They must be gained with experience. The blunder in the garden set us all down a path that we must recover from. And since that original blunder, it has been a long journey for us. One misstep after another. But the Passion of our Christ – our Savior – means that the path is not walked alone.
He comes along side, washing us of our guilt and past. He speaks words of counsel, like a chiropractor re-aligning our misshapen soul. He trains us to live as we were meant to live – in intimacy.
We were not meant to live alone. We were meant to live with loving relationships. We were meant to live with a Lover. But our wet cement years taught us many bad lessons. We were taught to take and grab, defend and push. We were taught to define “us” verses “them.” In the end, we had a string of bad teachers.
Not that we can blame any of them, really. They had bad teachers, too, you know. And if you trace the bad lessons all the way back to the beginning, you will find Satan standing there, whispering into the ears of the the First People.
So maybe it is time we stop listening to that first lie that was whispered all those years ago. Maybe we should give up trying to push away, isolate ourselves, and be self-sufficient. Maybe it is time to lean into the embrace of our loved ones, our neighbors, our Creator. Maybe it is time to find peace, intimacy, and joy.
The point of the cross was not sacrifice – although it certainly involved that. The point of the cross was bridge making, stain removal, and eternal relationship. It was about gain, not loss. It was about growing in love and inclusion.
If you have not accepted this love, do so. Be welcomed into the family of the Broken-But-Still-Loved. Be welcomed into His arms.