Talking Back: Marking Out Temples
Contemplation means to 'mark out a temple.' Chapter 3 in God in the Yard is an invitation to begin that marking. The word also means 'putting together.'
What shall I mark out? What shall I put together?
There are times in life when I really don't know the next thing. I don't know what pencil to pick up, where to start drawing the hopeful lines that will hem me in to a place where I will find my 'putting together' moments.
I wish it was as simple as relying on the old standbys. Read the bible. Go to church. It is not that simple. Sometimes we are more like the Israelites following wordless cloud and fire to where we're supposed to pitch our tent, where we're to pull out gold rings and acacia poles... and hang the thick, sweet walls of the tabernacle. Sometimes we are Elijah just standing in the sheer silence, waiting.
As nerve-wracking as this is, there is some comfort in it. After all, these days I don't want to think and plan and try to make things perfect. I just want to BE. I just want to wake up and make tea, look out the window at the next new snow, and BE.
Is it okay to mark out a place of just-BEing? I would like that. I would.
Can I just-BE a little I am, in the heart of the Great I AM? I would like to simply rest there. I would.
"But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother..." (Ps.131:2)
Fire and Cloud pastel, by L.L. Barkat.