First of all, Dena hon thank you from my heart for being so persistent in telling me about this book. Everybody has a thing they recommend and sometimes I feel a bit jaded about recommendations but your persistence was a gift straight from the heart of God. Thank you my persistent buddy!
My initial takeaways:
*a deep knowing that everything will be alright
*knowing God and being known by God
*the simplicity and beauty of the Trinity
*which gave me the grace to embrace the relational aspect of my nature as a birthright from being made in the image of God instead of a weakness to be overcome through self-reliance
*I no longer treat my relational nature as a spiritually immature stepchild who will one day get it together and only need God and no other people
I first talked about this just a few days ago on Friday. I was really wrestling with the idea of...
|The paradox between needing God and needing other people. I understand the bit about not putting your confidence in man. About not making idols out of people and expecting them to be your God.|
However, another truth is steadily attempting to grab my attention and that is: that not everybody is called to go live in the relational wilderness like Grizzly Adams saying "I can get whatever I need just me and God".
Reading The Shack taught me that my desire for relationship is right as rain. It's part of my birthright for being made in the image of God. For God is in constant relationship in the Trinity.
I'm an offspring of the Trinity and the Trinity is in constant loving relationship with each other. So my desire to connect with and interact with other believers is not some weakness to be overcome it's my spiritual family resemblance showing! This truth alone will have huge ripple effect in my life. -SW