We so often leave that word “Trinity” for those people who study theology. However we miss just how practical it is to each and every one of us.
No-one would claim they don’t need relationships, or maybe some would but in the end it is like flapping your arms really fast and trying to fly, it simply can’t be done. We are relational beings and we are that way because God is a Trinity.
If you haven’t yet give the movie “Into the wild” a watch, it is a beautiful movie about a guy trying to find himself and at the same time find freedom from the world which includes eventually leaving relationships behind.
Just as we can’t live without relationship, God couldn’t be God if He wasn’t a Trinity. It’s a weird statement but again one so beautifully and powerfully illustrated in the book “The Shack“. When we say God is love, it’s not just something He does, but it is His very nature and being. True love requires 2 things; 1) The Giver and 2) The Receiver. God could not be love unless He was able to be both the giver and the recipient of love.
I was so powerfully challenged as I witness the Trinity in “The Shack,” how Jesus would relate to Papa or Sarayu, how gracious they were to each other, the flow of honour between relationship and the intimacy shared.
It has started to change the way I relate to other, seeing the treasure in them, the treasure that is them for they are, whether “saved” or “unsaved” an expression of God’s love and creativity.
We so often just inherit our ideas about theology and things like the Trinity from friends, family members and media. These thought’s are simply my ideas that are forming and changing my beliefs and behaviours. What are your thoughts regarding the Trinity and how does it change you?
William P. Young, The Shack
(Windblown Media, 2008)