10/21/2008

Important Thoughts #14...

I finished reading The Shack some time ago. And, while I didn't think that it was necessarily the best written book I've ever read, it definitely rocked my boat and forced me to think about my relationship to and with God in some ways that I've never done so before.

I think that I had meant to write a few things on it since finishing, but just never got around to it. I base this off of the fact that I have yet to take it out of my backpack. But this weekend, I was reminded of a specific passage that I thought would be perfect for an Important Thought. Here it is...

"But I also want you to know that there is even more going on than you could imagine or understand, even if I told you. As much as you are able, rest in what trust you have in me, no matter how small, okay?"

That thought is written as a part of what God is saying to the main character, Mack. But, at the time that I read it, I felt as if God were saying it to me.

I struggle a lot to offer my trust to others and, over the past few years, I've noticed that I've even withheld my trust from God. To offer your trust is to make yourself vulnerable. To make yourself vulnerable is to make yourself open to hurt. Sometimes, hurt has come so often or so powerfully that it leaves a scar there to remind us of what trust can do. It limits us. Or, at least, it makes us think we're limited. It does limit us in that it makes us believe that offering trust will always result in hurt.

But here, I felt God (or the author) say. Whatever trust you have left, give that to me. It doesn't have to be much. I'll take what little you have and return it to you in tact. My love for you will prove that I'm worthy of trust, worthy of faith. Start small. We'll grow it together...

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