About The Ark
Back in 2014 while I was working in Southeast Asia, I became very fascinated by the idea of having a tent at home which would signify the Holy presence of God. I wanted a refuge, a resting place, a space where I can always go to to encounter the One I love. Yes the Spirit of God is everywhere and is not restricted by manmade things, but there is something very special about having a designated place for the person that you most honour and treasure.
I was engaged then and due to fly back to London to be married in a few months' time. I called my fiancé then, hubby now, and asked whether we could have a tee pee tent at home. He said yes! :)
Click below to learn about the historical Jewish originality of the ark.
So this tent has been my place of intimacy, rest and soul-searching. It is where I bring my utmost brokenness, joys and mysteries to the One my soul delights in.
When it came to the time of forming some kind of a brand for this business, I had this logo in mind. It came to me one time while I was worshipping the Lord.
I had no pen and paper with me so I quickly sketched it with my finger on iPhone using the doodle app, not wanting any detail to slip away :) I saw something like the shape of a tee pee tent, and wings on both sides, overlooking the thing in the middle. That reminded me of the cherubims that guarded the ark of the covenant (for details, click "tell me more" above). At the same time, I had this thought that the name should start with an A, which is kind of like the shape of the tent in the logo. Then suddenly, it all made sense! "The Ark of Presence, where Love and Glory dwells" became the identity of the brand.
Moses said to God, "If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. For how then can it be known that I have found favour in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?" (Exodus 33:15-16)
My hope is that everything about The Ark would breathe the Spirit and Presence of God. If not, everything would have been done in vain.
I have recently come across a Greek word: μεράκι (Meraki, pronounced: may-rah-kee).
・ To do something with soul, creativity, or love.
・ To put 'something of yourself' into what you do.
・ Often used to describe cooking or preparing a meal.
・ But can also refer to arranging a room, choosing decorations, or setting a table.
・ Unsurprisingly, there is no English equivalent for this word.
Meraki, will be what I aspire to. :)
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