Continuing our exploration of William P. Young’s The Shack, I will share one example of the deep, thought-provoking truths that make this book one I read in small increments. Any more is too much to process at one time.
God: “As difficult as it will be for you to understand, everything that has taken place is occurring exactly according to this purpose, without violating choice or will.”
Mack: “How can you say that with all the pain in this world, all the wars and disasters that destroy thousands? You may not cause those things, but you certainly don’t stop them.”
I have thought or said something along those lines many, many times in the last five years. Sometimes people will say that they trust God to take care of them. I don’t. What I mean, is that I do not assume God is going to protect me from want, harm, or danger. He has allowed those things in my life. I know He is able to prevent them, but He doesn’t.
God: “There are millions of reasons to allow pain and hurt and suffering rather than to eradicate them, but most of those reasons can only be understood within each person’s story.
The real underlying flaw in your life is that you don’t think I am good. If you knew I was good and that everything–the means, the ends, and all the processes of individual lives–is all covered by my goodness, then while you might not always understand what I am doing, you would trust me. But you don’t.”
Holy Spirit: “Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved. Because you do not know that I love you, you cannot trust me.” – pgs 124-126
The last two sentences stopped me dead in my tracks. We can only trust what is real, what is experienced. That is why I cannot trust God, at least not in the same way I did as a child.
I know there is a place for child-like faith, but I’m not perfect. I’m still struggling through all of this. Instead of pretending to be a “spiritual” person I am going to be real. Because it’s what I wish others would be for me. For all the girls out there who have broken hearts and wounded spirits and exhausted faith.