Recently, I have heard the voice of the Holy Spirit calling me into a deeper relationship with Him.  Sometimes the Lord calls me to prayer at some of the most inconvenient times (or at least I THINK it is an inconvenient time).  However, I am quickly learning that His call to intimacy is what I need more than anything else on the face of this earth.

Why do we reject the very thing that we so desperately need?

Luke chapter 10 gives us the account of Jesus paying a visit to Mary and Martha. Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus and receive the words of life proceeding forth from His mouth, while Martha proceeded to prepare a meal. Martha’s focus was on the natural, while Mary’s focus was on that which was spiritual. Jesus told Martha that the spiritual aspect of living was most needful. The natural things of life can sometimes distract us from receiving what we so desperately need from the Lord. We need Jesus! We need to hear what He has to say! We need the words of life that He has to impart to us.

Song of Solomon 2:8-10 – The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; He is looking through the windows, gazing through the lattice. My beloved spoke, and said to me; “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.”

The Lord is pictured as one skipping upon the hills and leaping upon the mountains. He’s definitely not having a bad day. He’s full of joy and gladness as He is looking forward to spending some intimate time with His bride. However, when He arrives at the place where she lives, He is stopped dead in His tracks by a wall with small windows in it. The wall completely surrounds His beloved. He desperately begins to call for His beloved through the small windows in the wall. “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away with me.”

How many times has the Lord called us to Himself only to find that we have put up walls to keep Him out? So many of us are afraid of intimate relationships because we don’t want to be hurt. We’ve been there ... done that. We are afraid to give ourselves completely to the Lord because of past hurts, past wounds, past relationships that have ended in disastrous ways.

The Lord wants us to find healing and deliverance in Him so that we can be made whole. He wants to tear down those walls that keep us separated from Him. He longs to be intimate with us.  

This call from the Lord to His bride was a call to intimacy. He wanted her to come away with Him. He wanted to romance her and cause her to skip on the hills with Him. He wanted her to leap upon the mountains with Him and receive the joy and the love that was in His heart for her.

Song of Solomon 5:5-6 – I arose to open for my beloved and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the lock. I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had turned away and was gone.

She had waited too long to respond to the call from her beloved. She decided to respond when it was convenient for her. As a result of her lack of sensitivity, she missed her time of visitation. She missed her appointment with the One who loved her unconditionally.

How many times have we missed our appointments with God? How many times has He tugged on our hearts to spend some quality time with Him, yet we brushed Him off and continued to do our own thing (even legitimate things). How many times has He called us to come away with Him to skip on the hills and leap on the mountains? 

He is calling us into an intimate relationship with Him.  He is standing outside the walls of our hearts and looking through the tiny holes.  I challenge you to let down the walls, open the doors of your heart to Him and experience a whole new level of intimacy.  He is longing for you!  He desires to be with YOU!

By: Carolyn Thomas