Walkin' into Fullness

I spent this afternoon reading The Shack.

It is apparently quite a controversial book, but one that nevertheless brought me new insights into what it means to know a personal God who truely cares for each of us and journeys with us through life’s pains and sorrows. I personally enjoyed the book, and wished that one day I would be able to communicate with Daddy God in as personal a way, and to sense His presence so tangibly. But until then, I’m thankful that He still uses small things in everyday life like this book to remind me He is never far away.

Some lovely morsels that I would like to share from the book:

(Of course, what I pick will be things that I’m learning in my own life, so it’s subjective ^_^)

The Shack

Mack..”I supposed i would have to say that I spend very little time in the present. For me, I spend a big piece in the past, but most of the rest of the time, I am trying to figure out the future.” …. (God:)”It is your desperate attempt to get some control over something you can’t. It is impossible for you to take power over the future because it isn’t even real… You try and play God, imagining the evil that you fear becoming reality, and then you try and make plans and contingencies to avoid what you fear.”… “The person who lives by their fears will not find freedom in my love.”

(Jesus:) “The world is broken because in Eden, you abandon relationship with us (The Trinity) to assert your own independence…. Women, in general, will find it difficult to turn from a man and stop demanding that he meets their needs, provides security, and protects their identity, and return to me. Men, in general, find it very hard to turn from the works of their hands, their own quests for power and security and significance, and return to me.”

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I realize that storybooks often speaks to the heart more than any theological discussion could ever do so. And it’s the same with works of art, isn’t it? They hint to you of something greater, much more marvelous than what we could fully comprehend with our finite minds, and brings a sense of true wonder. Sure enough, criticisms and theological discussions may inform and enrich the mind greatly, and also help one develop discernment. Yet the child in me yearns every once in awhile, for a tale that will move the heart as God reveals His complexity and greatness, and His Father’s love for me in a way no intelligent words or concepts could ever do.


Things look different when you view them from above.

I spent a lovely morning with God today at the sky roof area of my block. A new year dawns, and I yearn for a new heart to start it with. 2011 seems promising so far – got offered an intensive year-long dance program with Moving Arts, possible dance jobs with Joyful Steps and Rhythm Studio, and working towards my Pilates mat certification. Uncertainty still looms though. I guess I will always grapple with these emotions when I choose the path less traveled.

Did I choose rightly?
I know I won’t find out until I begin the journey.

I read this from the Message Bible today:
“Biblical religion has a low tolerance for “great ideas” or “sublime truths” or “inspirational thoughts” apart from the people and places in which they occur. God’s great love and purposes for us are worked out in the messes, storms and sins, blue skies, daily work, and dreams of our common lives, working with us as we are and not as we should be.” – Eugene Peterson

It made me smile to read that. For an idealist like me who cherish ideas and dreams, it was a wake-up call, but a comforting one at that. I’m relieved God’s got my back even when I stumble along this little unknown path that I’m on now.

Robust faith is needed to keep one moving through the stages. Pastor Rennis put it aptly during covenant service: Robust faith is a refusal to give in to our fears. (and may I add... a refusal to be incapacitated by our heartaches. YAAA!)

et cetera