Friday, January 30, 2009

Sick Reading The Shack

So, I am feeling very ill today, sleeping most of the day away, getting up to change positions, test how well I am feeling, drink some water, and of course check in on the wonderful minds in my blogging community.

For the past few hours, I have been reading The Shack, trying to finish what I started so long ago. It really is a fantastic book that speaks so much truth of how relationship with God is desired from both Him and us.

There have been a few thoughts in the book I thought I would share with you today:

...."Most birds were created to fly. Being grounded for them is a limitation within their ability to fly, not the other way around." She paused to let Mack think about her statement. "You, on the other hand, were created to be loved. So for you to live as if you were unloved is a limitation, not the other way around."

...."You must give up your right to decide what is good and evil on your own terms......evil is a word we use to describe the absence of Good, just as we use the word darkness to describe the absence of Light or death to describe the absence of Life. Both evil and darkness can only be understood in relation to Light and Good; they do not have any actual existence. I am Light and I am Good. I am Love and there is no darkness in me. Light and Good actually exist. So, removing yourself from me will plunge you into darkness. Declaring Independence will result in evil because apart from me, you can only draw upon yourself. That is death because you have separated yourself from me: Life."

...."So many believe that it is love that grows, but it is the knowing that grows and love simply expands to contain it. Love is just the skin of knowing."

I am sure many of my readers have read The Shack and I am finally getting around to finishing it...taking a sick day to do so. If you haven't read it, it is worth picking up...William P. Young creates wonderful imagery and a story that I feel is Holy Spirit inspired. Enjoy.

I am going to lie back down again...this blogging took way more out of me than I anticipated...prayers for healing are coveted...Thank you - Smiles and Blessings to you all.


AnneDroid said...

Poor you.

I hope you feel much better soon.

I enjoyed The Shack a lot.

Renae said...

Praying you feel better soon, friend!

MistiPearl said...

Anne and Renae: Thank you so much for your concern...I am feeling better today :)

Smiles and hugs to you both!

Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better soon. I have not read "The Shack" yet but have heard great things about it. These quotes only make me even more interested. I am about half way through "The Kite Runner" and plan to read "Shack" next.

I have enjoyed checking out your blog. excellent ... will be back ...

peace & grace in Christ,

MistiPearl said...

Hello Brad!
Thanks for your comments and welcome to my blog. I have not read "The Kite Runner", it seems emotionally quite deep...I keep looking at "A Thousand Splendid Suns" thinking I will read it, but I haven't yet...

I check in on sound of a soft breath often...I love the title of the blog by the way...and the backdrop photo.

I hope you will visit (and comment) often.
Smiles and Blessings to you,

Featured Post

They Did Not Realize

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. ~John 21:4