Wally and I were fortunate enough to go to Spruce Grove to listen to and meet Wm. Paul Young ( the author of The Shack ). There were close to 30 of us adults here and several children. We started off with an amazing potluck supper.
We then got to enjoy the music of Alana Levandoski. I had never heard of her but I ended up buying both of her CDs. I very rarely listen to music anymore. I’ve just been so discouraged by it. I enjoy Alana’s music. It is totally different than what I have listened to in the past, but it calms me. I need that.
Wally and I were one of the first ones there so I was able to talk to Paul. He was exactly as I imagined him to be; He was kind and very humble. He was easy to converse with and I was hardly even stuttering so...that’s a good thing. I find it hard to talk with people I just meet but he made me feel calm. I am drawn to people like that. Those are the kinds of people I need around me most.
I won’t get into the meat of what he talked about right now, but I do want to share something that I found very cool. I loved how he answered questions. He didn’t “directly“ answer the question but he used stories and examples to get the asker to look at it from a different perspective. I have learned through counseling (not directly) that it was good for me to come to the answers to my questions myself. When I would ask Iran a question he didn’t usually answer it, but showed me through stories and examples that maybe am seeing things through the wrong perspective...not necessarily through the truth ( though it may be the truth as I know it). As it would always end up, I was asking the wrong question and I came to that realization through this process. It makes you search yourself and listen to Holy Spirit for the answer. These are the only two men I have ever seen do this. It’s so awesome!
Another thing, on the way home Wally and I talked a bit about Paul’s book, The Shack, and about what he shared about it. Wally said he didn’t have the issues with it that Paul said most people did (the way he portrayed God). I didn’t either. I read the book as a story and I enjoyed it very much but then I made the mistake of telling others, esp my evangelical Christian friends. They told me how bad it was and how heretic this book was ( most of them hadn't even read it). Because I was a follower (and esp when it came to religion) I went with it and believed it. I never read it again (until recently) and never talked about it. I regret that. I’m not going to get into the details about what Paul shared about that because frankly, I’m not interested in explaining and defending what I believe. And for the record, much of what Paul shared was very encouraging to Wally and I. It confirmed that the path we are on is the right one.
This is just a little taster. I’ll decide later in the week if I will share more!!! Blessings my Friends!!
I love you!