Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Shack Book Club

excerpt from "The Shack"

Almost as if on cue, a blue jay landed on the kitchen windowsill and began strutting back and forth. Papa reached into a tin on the counter and sliding the window open, offered Mr. Jay a mixture of grains that she must have kept just for that purpose. Without any hesitation, and with a seeming air of humility and thankfulness, the bird walked straight to her hand and began feeding.
"Consider our little friend here," she began. "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.".......
"Living unloved is like clipping a bird's wings and removing its ability to fly. Not something I want for you."
"Mack, pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly." She waited a moment, allowing her words to settle. "And if left unresolved for very long, you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place."
(Pg, 97)

What an incredible analogy of how we were meant to live as God's children. How truly we are to live, to be loved and to love. But unfortunately life has sometimes clipped our wings and we don't live up to our full potential of what God has designed for us. Are there things in your life that have been unresolved? Have you forgotten how to fly?

Matt. 6:26 Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father (Papa) feeds them. Are you not much more VALUABLE then they?


Maureen said...

First off I answered your question/comment on my own blog so you will have to check out the exciting Birthday night. I love that you posted this. Really hit home for me today as I was driving back from Roxannes.
And then low and behold it is right there on your Blog.
Confirmation comes so strangely at times.

praypraise&pamper said...

I have heard alot about this book and have been offered the book from a co-worker who I did not know is in love with Jesus. It has been through God that she learnt that I am in love with Jesus too becaue I hardly ever see her let alone have anytime to talk anything other than work related topics. I can't wait to get into the book and follow along.

Vicki said...

Wow ... pain immobilizes us from living up to our full potential. So many truths in that little exerpt. The Shack is the next book on my list to read!

Shaun and Holly said...

God often shows me truth when I watch the "birds of the air". They are so beautiful and yet, He cares so much more for us; His favorite creation!

Amy said...

I loved this part of the book...I'm going to read it again.

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