O Son of Man! The temple of being is My throne; cleanse it of all things, that there I may be established and there I may abide. (Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic 58)
I was in a woman’s crisis shelter shortly after my book Violence and Abuse: Reasons and Remedies had been published. One of the women in the shelter picked it up and randomly read this quote. I’ll never forget her comment: “If I could believe that this quote was true, my struggles with eating disorders would end.” Such is the power of the transformative words of God.
When I read it I think of my home as my temple, and how I feel peaceful when it’s orderly, organized, clean and tidy. It’s not a stretch to believe that if I want more peace in my life I need to cleanse my heart of all things (anger, jealousy, bitterness, envy, criticism, suspicion, apathy, lethargy, gossip, backbiting etc), so that it’s a welcoming place for God to reside.
Lately I’m thinking a lot about “being” and “doing”. Note that this quote talks about the temple of “being” not the temple of “doing”. I think it means that God wants our company and nearness through prayer, meditation and work done in the spirit of service. He doesn’t want our “doing” through manipulation and control, approval seeking, people pleasing, caretaking or immersion in all the temptations a materialistic lifestyle has to offer.
Knowing God wants to “be” with me, I can create a clean place inside and out for Him to reside and I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Strengthening Your Relationship with God