Saturday, January 10, 2009

"The Shack" and the Things that Make you Go Hhmmmm.........

So it looks like God is using the New Year to help me work on my spiritual growth. I don't know why, but I really feel like this is my year to work on my relationship with Him. Maybe that sounds weird, but there it is.

I started reading a book called "The Shack". It is about a man whose little girl is murdered by a serial killer. He gets a letter in the mail, presumably from God, inviting him back to the shack. Let's just say that in so many ways, the book is nothing like I expected.

At only 247 pages or so, that is normally a one sitting read for me. This book however small requires, in my opinion, some heavy thinking. So often I have been reading and thought, "Wow. That's really heavy, and I need to really think about that."

I don't know if any of you have read the Shack, but I especially love the part where Mack is working in the garden and then, later on in the chapter, we find out that the garden is his soul. Right now I feel like my garden could use a little work and that God is leading me to these things - to open my eyes - to question the way I view things, especially my relationship with Him.

The best thing that happened this week? My little girl was sitting at the table tonight and said, "Yeah! Tomorrow is Sunday and we get to go to Church!" I love that she is so excited about it. When I was little, I remember having a very special relationship with God. I even wanted to be a Nun for a time. (In retrospect that wouldn't have worked out so well....) I allowed the way other people viewed my relationship with God to change it. I'm ashamed of that now. One great thing, it's never too late. I'm looking forward to working in my garden.


Half my Heart said...

I am praying for your journey with God.

I read the Shack a few months ago and it stirred up so many emotions. Too many to talk about here in a comments section. I'm happy to discuss the book with you though... if you want to email me. :-)

Half my Heart said...

ps - here is the link to the blog I wrote after reading the book: