Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
-Elizabeth Barret Browning
I just finished reading The Shack again for the first time in a couple of years. It is an amazing book. The story of a man who has experienced some of the worst grief of this world who comes to know his heavenly Father in a very unusual way.
The main character’s dialog with God is so rich… it is theology divulged through relationship. In writing that last sentence, I realize that this is exactly what theology should be; revelation that comes through a relationship with our heavenly Father.
If you’ve not read this book, I would highly suggest it. Even if you come away believing God to be different than was revealed in The Shack, I think it is worth the exercise to allow yourself to be challenged in what you believe… whether coming from religion, agnosticism, or atheism.
The quote above is written on the last page of the book. It is, once more, a reminder of the ever constant presence and involvement of our perfectly benevolent heavenly Father. He is working in and around us whether or not we recognize it. 🙂