As with the book, the movie is very thought provoking. I walked away with my head full of things to think about and discuss with my friend and Papa. Without giving too much away, Papa is how God is referred to in both the book and the movie. In both, they start with a note written to Mckenzie. A simple typewritten note saying:
Mackenzie (insert your name),
It’s been a while. I’ve missed you. I’ll be at the shack next weekend if you want to get together.
As I walked out of the movie I was flooded with many feelings. I needed time to think about the last two hours and what I got out of the movie. Nothing better than driving and thinking.
As I drove home three things rolled in my mind and tears down my cheek. I cherish my relationship with Papa. Trust is still an issue I struggle with daily. Enjoying the journey is a requirement.
Several years ago, I was bound and determined to improve my relationship with Papa. I decided He had to be my very best friend. The one I turned to for everything. Not to others in the flesh. I needed to depend more on Him. Through many hours of quiet time and practice of turning to Him first, I can say our relationship is good.
Trust or lack of it is what brought the tears tumbling down my face. It is a constant struggle for me to not be in control. To remember Papa has everything planned for me and all those I love so dearly. Thinking I know best and trying to judge the situation and person is what brings lack of trust. It’s crazy thinking at its finest. Yet, I continue to hang on tightly and not let go. I try my hardest to implement the practice of praying vs. worry. When I catch myself in the mind set of trying to control and not trust; I start to pray and ask Papa to take my crazy thoughts away.
If I have a good relationship with Papa and I’m trusting Him then I can enjoy the journey. The journey of life truly is enjoyable when I am trusting and know Papa has control of everything. I want enjoyment. It gives me peace and contentment. For me, it is my ultimate goal.
If you need a little reprieve and a visit with Papa, go see the move “The Shack”. It will open the door to your heart to let Papa visit you for a few hours. It is truly good for the soul.