By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love."
Song of Solomon 2:4

Intimacy is intended to be an adventure.
It's not a flat note,
a mechanical act,
an obligatory duty,
or an uninspired communion.
It's a vital, intimate, passionate pursuit composed of movement, purpose, and life affirming activity between two lovers.
Haven't we all "acted" out and felt ourselves enlisted in this sort of passion to some degree?
And sometimes far more passionately and effectively than others.
Why is this?
This is a very worthy question to ask with curious and needful disoveries to be made.
The little Shulamite, in the Song of Solomon, lives out a passionately qualifying "defining" of intimate pursuit. If you fail to be moved by her, I question whether you've not something lacking and needful in your life.
 She's an active, ardent, passionately agressive individual possessed with "want" of her lover and nothing will stop her:
+She's unstoppable.
+She's unforgettable.
+She's desirable.
+She's beautiful.
+She disregards the subjects and content going on all around her by remaining adamantly fixed and certain of her lover.
She's willing to lose all in order to gain all of her lover, for her lover, and with her lover.
The risk is great but the desire is greater, wonderfully seized by two.
The object of love,
when it is true, pure, and sacred,
is not to be contended with.
Of this kind of love ...
 there is no battle not worth fighting,
and no object, thing, or person not worth forfeiting and forsaking.
"The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
I charge you, O daughers of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick with love."
Song of Solomon 5:7-8
Life is engineered by the employment of pursuit and love between lovers.
This kind of love is contagious, empowering, and strong.
This kind of love wields force.
This kind of love is filled with life, adventure, and conquest.
"I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.
Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field, let us lodge in the villages."
Song of Solomon 7:10-11
Settle for nothing less than an intimate, ardent, passionate pursuit of Christ.
Love the Lover of your soul ...
Engage with Him.
"Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm, for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave, the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it; if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would be utterly condemned."
Song of Solomon 8:6-7
1) Read the Song of Solomon through in all of its beauty and reflect on the passion either active or lacking in your own pursuit.
Is love between you and Christ of a satisfying and pursuing nature?
2) Consider Revelation 3:14-22.
What has happened to love and what are its results?
Is your love enflamed and ignited or stagnant and cold?
What must happen for it to come to life again?
3) There's total joy and exhilaration to be found in passionate embrace and holy pursuit.
Move unstoppable toward the Lover of your soul.
Love the life you live ...
an intimate adventure.