Hey guys! So, I wasn’t quite sure what day to post this on. If you guys don’t know, I try to stick to this structure to keep some stability to my blog. But recently, I watched the Shack and I’ve also read the book and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Due to the nature of the film, this is going to be a predominantly religious ( even though I hate that word ) post so if that isn’t your cup of tea then I understand!
- Life is painful for everyone. I think I’ve always had a strange idea that bad things only happen to certain people. There seem to be people in life that get away with everything and don’t seem to have anything bad happen to them. But this film was a clear reminder of the fact that everyone goes through pain at some stage in their life and that that isn’t dependent on how good or bad you are – life just happens.
- God acts like a parent for you. Something that I really enjoyed about this film and the book was the personification of Papa, aka God. When Mack first sees her, she is in the form of a woman and she states ‘I didn’t think you needed a Father right now. ‘ I think this is a huge reason why I find it sometimes difficult to perceive God as a parent. My dad left when I was quite young and I haven’t had a close relationship with him since which is why I think it’s been difficult for me to see God as a Father. But to watch Papa on screen and treating Mack as a parent would a child was something truly beautiful – even down to little things like helping him put flour on his hands when they were baking. I also liked how they then turned it on its head and God appeared as a Father at the end when Mack needed it most. For me, it was a reminder that God sometimes appears to us in ways that you don’t expect and sometimes that can be through other people.
- God doesn’t want you to judge others. The judgement scene was the one that made me think the most out of any scene in the film. For those of you who haven’t seen it, Mack is met with the personification of Wisdom and she asks him to judge the actions of God which he does so easily. She then presents him with the image of his two children who have both committed wrongs against him and asks him to damn one to hell and to commit one to heaven. He refuses and asks her to take him instead and she reminds him that this is the choice that he thinks God makes every day. It really made me think about how good and evil is subjective and how one person’s good is another’s evil and that everyone is the product of their own childhood. Really thought-provoking.
- God feels your pain and wants you to hand it over to Him. By far, the saddest scene was when ( * SPOILER * ) Mack and God find Missy’s body in the cave and they prepare a coffin for her to be properly buried. The combination of the music and the beautiful scenery created such an emotional scene that I don’t know how anyone couldn’t feel something about it. I know that I was a sobbing wreck, I literally had a little puddle of tears in my clavicle. Mack moves towards the coffin to place Missy into it but he stumbles and falls to his knees and begs Jesus to take her from him. I feel like this is the moment that a lot of us reach in our lives that we feel like we can’t physically carry something whether that be our heartbreak or our guilt and we just commit it to Him. It really made me think about what I need to hand over.
- It is possible to have a conversation with God. This is something that I have known for a long time but I’ve never properly applied it. Watching the representation of Jesus and the Holy Spirit conversing with Mack about things like flowers and music and fish was odd but it did remind me that God wants a relationship with us just like we would have any other relationship. I feel like I quite often ask for things instead of thanking Him when things go the way I want and asking for comfort when things don’t. I liked the moment when Papa asked Mack about how his homelife was going and he said that she already knew. She reminded him that yes, she did; but she still wanted to listen to what he had to say. It really challenged me to have more conversations with God rather than dressing it up with airs and graces.
Have you guys seen this film / read this book? What did you take from it?
P.S. I’d be interested to bring my faith into this blog some more – is there anything you guys would be interested for me to write about? Let me know in the comments below!
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