…for in Him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:28
The Heavenly View Book Club recently read The Shack, by William Paul Young – I have read this book three times and each time something else jumps off the page and hits me in the heart in a profound way. The story is very controversial. All one has to do is Google The Shack and you can review a myriad of opinions! Some extremely negative, some encouraging, and some even dangerously cruel. As with most things, you can take away something of value and leave the rest gaily alone! (That was for my friend, Joy!)
I keep a notebook with my book club comments and the pages for The Shack are full of quotes that spoke to me and blessed me with more than several “a-ha” moments.
In the chapter titled, “Verbs and Other Freedoms”, Mackenzie, Papa, Jesus, and Sarayu are having a discussion around the table about rules versus mercy and grace. After much conversation about the law, expectancy and expectation, and a list of etceteras, they hung out at priorities for two pages of profound dialogue. All of us, at one time or another, have most likely listed our priorities as: God, spouse, family, work, church – I know I have. But, listen to what Jesus says to Mackenzie:
“Mack, I don’t want to be first among a list of values; I want to be at the center of everything. When I live in you, then together we can live through everything that happens to you. Rather than a pyramid, I want to be the center of a mobile where everything in your life — friends, family, occupation, thoughts, activities — is connected to Me but moves with the wind, in and out, back and forth, in an incredible dance of being.” “And I,” concluded Sarayu, “I am the Wind.”
What a picture that paints for me. Everything in my life moves and breathes by the power of Holy Spirit (the Wind) – I don’t want to restrict my life to priorities and rules. I must be quiet enough to sense the blowing wind (Holy Spirit) moving me this way or that way. Prompting me and impressing upon me to act. If God is the center of my life or wind chime, then He, as the great Three-in-One, is Who influences the movements of the other parts: family/work/friends/church/hobbies/activities/times of rest/my thoughts/and all of the minutia of life. The standards for my life come from the Word of God – the Living Word is my plumbline – I measure everything according to His Word and His Truth. Plainly, it just makes everything easier. Maybe instead of what would Jesus do? Maybe we should consider what Jesus wouldn’t do. Now, there’s a paradigm. I’ll let you chew on that one for a while!
I don’t think I will ever look upon a wind chime in the same way. God, my All-in-all, being the “long” center piece directing all the other shorter pieces to move this way and that way and the beautiful sounds that come from the chimes when the breezes blow through my life. It is sweet, sweet music!
Enjoy the breeze!