With the start of the new year, I have found myself drawn to the works of one of my favourite writers, Rainer Maria Rilke. A bohemian-Austrian poet/novelist with an interest in God and an ever-growing curiosity about His wonder.
Reading through his collection 'Love Poems to God', one thing Rilke did well was that he knew how to be present in his questions. Even in the places where he had little to no understanding, he knew how to be present and he knew how to wait. He knew how to dwell. This was and is so evident in his writing.
2016 saw me through times of meditation on the concept of dwelling. Its purpose never strayed from my mind. Like Rilke, I too had questions for God.
What did it mean to truly dwell?
Thoughts of longing, yearning and desire crossed my mind. A yearning to be close to God, a longing to know Him more and a desire to just rest in Him.
The ability to slow down and rest was something I struggled to do. It affected me both spiritually and physically. Perhaps, being both a full-time Nurse and owning a business made the art of resting difficult to come by. Looking back now, my understanding of what it meant to truly rest was somewhat skewed, therefore affecting my ability to do so. The connection between understanding what it meant to rest and living it out stood hand in hand, but it was something I had not quite grasped.
With all this in mind, gentle reminders of the secret place of the Most High seeped into my everyday living.
The Place I Call Home
It takes longing and discipline to transition into constant communion with the Father and remaining in the secret place; the secret place being His Presence. This discipline and transition is something I am still learning to do daily.
Learning to be mindful of His presence and abiding in Him through my every step and my every deed. Being consciously aware that the secret place is a place of refuge, of rest and should always be my habitation. This habitation is also place of pursuit of the Lord and knowing Him even more. This to me equates true rest and genuine communion with the Father. This is what it means to dwell.
His presence is what I call home. It is the source in which I draw my strength from and freely abide in. As I dwell in Him, and His presence, His capacity to dwell in me is, and fruitfully nurtures, something beautiful.
"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple."
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