I'm in the process of learning at times how to step into silence and solitude. It is a challenging practice for me, to quiet my mind, my heart, my body, and my soul, but so completely necessary.
Finishing Brennan Manning's book 'Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging' for the second time, I've learned so much. He writes about what it means to belong to God as His beloved child and how to rest secure in that.
He writes "You are the Beloved, and all I hope is that you can hear these words spoken to you with all the tenderness and force that love can hold. My only desire is to make these words reverberate in every corner of your being".
Manning goes on to talk about the beauty of silence and solitude; having those intimate moments with God where it is just you and him and no one else. God wants to give them to us as a gift - maybe we just have to take it. I've been learning so much about what it means to be intimate with God, what it means to listen and wait on him.
Manning writes of the poetry of silence and how that allows us, in our messiness as humans, to engage with the holiness of our Creator. He writes: "Silence is not simply the absence of noise or the shutdown of communication with the outside world, but rather a process of coming to stillness. Silent solitude forges true speech. I'm not speaking of physical isolation; solitude here means being alone with the Alone, experiencing the transcendent Other and growing in awareness of one's identity as the beloved. It is impossible to know another person intimately without spending time together. Silence makes this solitude a reality. It has been said, 'Silence is solitude practiced in action'"
I am learning to engage with God not just by talking, but also by listening. We can be with God, in this moment, in this here and now. We can encounter sacred space with our Creator in moments of solitude.