Wisdom from The Shack

by Ray Reuter on October 19, 2017

Whether or not you are a fan of the book / movie, “The Shack” … there is some beautiful, thought-provoking wisdom in this story. I want to share my favorites. The emphasis is mine.

Jesus: When all you see is your pain, you lose sight of me.

Mack: Because of you, she’s gone. Until you change that, I will never be free.
Papa: The truth sets everyone free, and He’s in the woodshed covered in saw dust.

Papa: No Mack, you misunderstand the mystery… Don’t ever think what costs my son didn’t cost me, too. Love always leaves a mark. I never left Him. I never left you. I never left Missy.

Papa: Birds are created to fly. You, on the other hand, were created to be loved. Living unloved is like clipping a bird’s wings. … This is why you’re here, Mackenzie. This is your flying lesson.

Papa: Dreams are important. They can be a way of opening a window, letting the bad air out.

Mack: Everybody knows you punish the people who disappoint you.
Papa: No. Sin is its own punishment. … I’m in the middle of everything you see [as a mess], working for your good.

Papa: Mackenzie, you’re trying to make sense of your world… The real flaw in your life is that you don’t think that I am good.

Sarayu: Yes, [the garden is a mess]. It’s wild and wonderful and perfectly in process. This mess is you.

Jesus: Religion is way too much work. I don’t want slaves. I want friends. Family.

Wisdom: God didn’t cause it.
Mack: He didn’t stop it.
Wisdom: He (God) doesn’t stop a lot of things that cause Him pain… You want a promise of a pain-free life… [It’s not possible] as long as there’s free will.

Mack: Please don’t [take me there].
Papa: Son, we are on a healing trail to bring closure to this part of your journey.
Mack: I want to hurt him…
Papa: I know you do, but he is my son, too, and I want to redeem him.
Mack: So, you want to let him get away with it?
Papa: Nobody gets away with anything. Trust me to do what’s right. The pain inside you is crippling you, robbing you of [healing] and joy.
Mack: I’m still angry!
Papa: Of course you are! No one lets go all at once.

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