Looking back over this past week I am again awed at what Father is doing. I know I mention it a lot but here it goes again. The stories I am having the privilege to hear from those I have shared The Shack with or people that have come across the book in other ways just humble me and at the same time make me want to shout.
Stories open windows. The stories being told by those I know having been touched by Mack's story are opening locked windows that many have been afraid to open. Prison doors for some are being flung open wide...for others who are carrying many scars and much pain they are hesitantly taking chances they have been afraid to take for a long time. Feelings of, "Do I dare believe that the God I have lived in fear of is as caring as he is revealed in Papa?"
The proclamation of what God has done spreads hope to others that have been buried under the weight of hopelessness that this world has dumped on them. The author of The Shack shared Mack's story which was in a sense a way of him telling some of his story. I'm hearing other stories on almost a daily basis from people that I have shared my story with and in turn shared this little book with Mack's and Paul's story, and I am so blown away by the outcome. Some people on a deep level are being touched by God and others are finding the courage and hunger to seek God again, or for the first time, so as to know him.
One of my clients heard a co-worker telling a story about The Shack the other day and my client said to me; "I am intrigued by what they are talking about." It opened a door with my client to tell some stories. He told me he was going home to order The Shack. I look forward to seeing him next month. I sense there will be some more story telling going on.
Isn't this what relationship is about?