I wanted to bring this post back up because for me things keep happening in my life personally and also through the lives of others that are being touch by this story. I sat down with a friend in the salon the other day to catch a minute with her. She is reading through the book again and she told me she was going slow this time and just soaking herself in the love of Papa revealed to her through this story. I know what she means. But here's something really cool. I might know what she means but I don't know exactly how it feels for her. We all get our own personalized embrace from Papa. Our relationships with God are that personal. But through these friendships I get to watch people and what the embrace of Papa is doing in them. I'm living in awe.
I'm so enjoying being a part of this book and the affect it is having in so many people's lives. Beyond a shadow of doubt I know there are more phone calls coming and conversations I'm going to have with folks that have read this book and have felt the overwhelming embrace from Papa, Jesus and Sarayu.
So here is the original post.
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?