I received in an e mail earlier this week and it has inspired me to read this book again. My weekend is planned now.....as I began to read this morning I ran across a line that has been one of my constant traveling companions from the time I first read it while walking through a painful family experience last spring. I use it often.
"GRACE RARELY MAKES SENSE FOR THOSE LOOKING IN FROM THE OUTSIDE."
The thought that precedes this in the book is this:
"I suppose since most of our hurts come through relationships so will our healing."
I have had a few of those relationships this past year that have so helped in the healing I had needed for so long. The author of this book being one of them. The words and stories in this book and his words to me personally have been like dipping my feet into a cool gentle flowing stream on a hot and humid Midwest summer day. Thank you Paul.
Those other friends I speak of, if you are reading this, you know who you are, and I cherish every moment I have with you all. My prayer and my hope is that we all are so captured by the love and the freedom that our awesome Father has for us and longs for us to walk in.
If you haven't read this book or if you have and didn't like it, don't sweat it......Father is bigger than words on the pages of a book....even the Bible. But let us not forget that great stories written by those that have touched him and even more importantly been touched by him, can reveal something of him and his love that we might not see on our own. With that being said, if you are so moved to read The Shack or the Bible or any other story written by someone who is experiencing a wonderful relationship with Father, you might just be surprised by who you find there?