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"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
Believe me, this happens in real life all the time. Books are full of stories similar to this. I've had periods of this hopeless state shadowing my steps. In the story, on page 128, Father God "Papa" shows Mack Mack's own truth, that he has judged God and found God wanting. Mack is shown by God, that he cannot produce fruit built on a trusting relationship with God if he does not know that he is loved by God. Trust and love are either present, or they aren't present. Papa says to Mack, that he is not "justifying" in his relationship with Mack. More importantly, he is "redeeming" it. (I don't have permission to quote the book, but wish I could!) In time, Mackenzie is set free of The Great Sadness and is able to move forward to freedom. Even though the imagery in the book can be off-putting for some, I find the depiction and explanation of God's work to be similar to my understanding. One must read the deeper meaning to "get" this book. It's written to teach and to guide the broken hearts and the disappointed believers in God. God has set me free in much the same way as Mackenzie in The Shack.