January 11, 2023
Years ago, Mark Twain observed, “You can’t depend upon your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” I would add to that comment, “or absent altogether.” I like that because I have seen it so often!
When I was young I was accused of having too active an imagination. It seemed to be an unfair and intemperate arraignment of my life. I still think so. As I age I find that my imagination has broadened and strengthened, especially after an extended session with my rocking chair or recliner.
To my way of thinking, our imaginations are one of the greatest gifts of God in our lives. I suspect that it came to be in force when God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. After all, without imagination they would have had short survival, indeed, among the perils and possibilities of the created order. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Unimaginative people are the necessary cogs which keep society turning. They are content to do as they are told and don’t mind repetitive jobs. They also fail to see the beauty in a sunset and are unable to build castles in the sky. I pity them.
In years past, Theology was called the Queen of the Sciences. I like to think that the moniker came about due to the willingness of theologians to pause and consider the wonder of creation and the magnificence of the Creator. It takes a great imagination to be a theologian; the possibilities are endless!
Take some time this week and indulge in some daydreaming. I often find that when I am doing so the Holy Spirit of God tends to pull up a chair next to me and speak in soft tones as we watch the sunset together.
I bid you peace!