Daily life, Faith and Christianity

All About: The Shack

“Emotions are the colors of the soul; they are spectacular and incredible. When you don’t feel, the world becomes dull, and colorless”

During my high school years I attended a camp every summer called The Great Adventure. The Great Adventure was a camp I would go on with my youth group, and it was my favorite trip of all time. I loved being in the mountains surrounded by God’s love and beauty. My relationship with God grew so much in those 3 years. Every year my youth leader, Kenny, would give us a book that we were going to be reading throughout the week of camp. The second year of this camp he gave us a book called The Shack. Looking at the book cover, and reading the title, it was pretty obvious that the book was going to be about A shack, duh. But what I didn’t know is that this book would put a lot of things into perspective for my life.

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Photo credits go to my friend for this one but great way to start the day, coffee, Jesus, & the Shack
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This one is mine, I love reading in the mountains

So anyways, now I am missing my camp and all the memories that I made every year there.

But continuing on with the whole point of this post–this year they made a movie on The Shack, and of course the minute I saw the previews, I knew I wanted to see it. I remembered reading the book and was so happy they had made a movie. Recently, I went and saw it with Olivia. I was excited to see it: the book was good which gave me a feeling the movie was going to be good too.

This movie was amazing, and really made me think a lot. But I do have one disclaimer if you are going to see this movie-expect to cry…a lot. I cried the whole movie beginning to end. The story line is great, but reminded me a lot about what I endured when I lost my dad. The Shack showed me what it was like to fall out of trust with God, and then slowly begin to trust Him again. This is pretty much reflecting my journey with God in the past almost 6 years. 

The Shack is about a girl who gets abducted from her family, and the main character Mack was pretty frustrated at God (who they called papa in the book/movie). One day a suspicious letter comes in the mail, from what seemed to be God-inviting Mack back to The Shack for the weekend. Against his better judgement, he went to the shack, and was confronted by God, the Father, and the Holy Spirit.

This movie put a lot in perspective for me, personally. I knew what I was getting myself into since I had read the book, but it was so real in the movie. I watched this main character go through loss, and a struggling relationship with God. I couldn’t help but to think about my relationship God and how it struggled after I lost my dad, and how I still sometimes find myself battling with God. As it went on I slowly became reassured in the promise God has for me. In the middle of the movie, Mack got reunited with his dad in Heaven and let me tell ya, I completely lost my marbles. Seeing that moment was so raw for me, because it is something I am looking forward to. One day I get to see my dad again, and I am excited for that. I will get to tell him that I love him, and give him the hug I didn’t get to give him on his last day here. It’s been almost 6 years, and I just know part of me is missing without him.The Shack really showed me that people can struggle with their relationship with God but it can and does get better through time and trust. I can stand to be living proof that life can go on after horrendous tragedies.

“Just because I work incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies doesn’t mean I orchestrate the tragedies. Don’t ever assume that my using something means I caused it or that I need it to accomplish my purposes. That will only lead you to false notions about me. Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.” -The Shack

I can’t end this post until I share one of my favorite scenes. One of my favorite scenes in the movie was when Mack was on a boat, in the middle of a body of water, and his boat started to sink because He was not trusting in Jesus. It was kind of creepy because the water around his boat was really dark, I did not really understand that, but I suppose it is just to really show what it feels like when we try to take on life without Jesus in it. If you have been around for a while reading my posts, you know why this was a favorite part for me. It all goes back to the day Olivia and I became friends, one of my all time favorite memories is when she came up with the sinking boat analogy when I was going through a hard time. This was a powerful scene for me, because once Mack started trusting in Jesus he realized that he could actually walk on water besides Him.

It just shows us that anything is possible if we put our trust in God ♥

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Jesus and Mack in the boat

The next day, Olivia showed me this video and it is a good video to watch, after watching the movie. I recommend watching it, I included the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTWZk1VFnYI 

 (I also recommend watching this movie if you have not seen it)

Have a great weekend!

-Taylor Kate

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