If you read this and other blogs you will know that we lost a daughter 3 months ago today. Travelling since that time has been hard, difficult and slow going and there are days when we feel like we’re not moving forward at all and other days when we almost feel normal, but not quite. What is ‘normal’ anyway?
I’ve had several people tell me we should read “The Shack” and when I first heard what it was about briefly I felt that I did not want to read it at all. Too close to home. But as more and more people began to say we really should read it and that there so many parallels with what we’ve been going through I began to think perhaps I really did want to read it. Our daughters gave it to me for Christmas and my head has been buried in it since Boxing Day (yesterday). I’m more than 3/4 through it and already have seen/felt the healing that is inside this book. And such truths too.
So far the thing I’ve gotten out of it the most is that God doesn’t cause tragedies to happen, and whilst He doesn’t prevent them either, He does use them to work ‘incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies’. It’s early days for us yet but I do know that when suitable time has passed that God will help Graham and I to grow out of this suffering and that we may end up helping others either directly or indirectly because of our ability to share and love others.
I’ll probably report more after I’ve finished reading it but just felt led to share this one powerful thing I have learnt from it. I hope that Graham will read it too – it’s a powerful book.