A Christian must make use of his imaginative ability to believe; that there is a God and he responds to our every need as a promise and not just a hope. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
H. L. Mencken one wrote, “Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.” What Mencken was saying is this, it takes an extraordinary effort of imagination if you and I want to know what is, essentially, unknowable. The best and most essential tool for uncovering that which is often just beyond our reach rationally is love. Think about it, what are the odds that you and I will meet someone suited to our personality, character and interests and that person would wish to spend a lifetime sharing each day with us? I would say the odds would be astounding if it weren’t for the fact that love intercedes on our behalf. God has made it possible by love to love where simple rational thinking would cause us to reject even the possibility of loving. An imagination shaped by love overcomes a mind shaped only in knowledge. Imagination is also a double edged sword. That’s how powerful a tool it is, so it must be handled with care.
Here’s a story. A salesman, driving on a lonely country road one dark and rainy night had a flat. He opened the trunk–no lug wrench. The light from a farmhouse could be seen dimly up the road. He set out on foot through the driving rain. Of course, it was late–the farmer would be asleep. Maybe he wouldn’t answer the door. Maybe he’d be angry at being awakened. He stumbled on. By now his shoes and clothing were soaked. Even if the farmer did answer his knock, he would probably shout something like, “What’s the big idea waking me up at this hour!” This thought make the salesman angry. After all, here he was stranded in the middle of nowhere, soaked to the skin. The farmer was a selfish clod–no doubt about that! The salesman finally reached the house, and banged loudly on the door. A light went on inside, and a window opened above. “Who is it?” a voice called out. “You know darn well who it is,” yelled the salesman. “It’s me! You can keep your blasted lug wrench. I wouldn’t borrow it now if you had the last one on earth!” (Bits & Pieces, May, 1991, p. 23.)
When you fear that the worst will happen, your own thoughts may help to bring it about. Or, if you are confident in the best, your thoughts may help to bring it about was well. Here’s the point–a Christian must make use of his imaginative ability to overcome what on the surface might appear irrational to believe; that there is a God and he responds to our every need as a promise and not just a hope. We need to believe this with a passionate imagination that can put us in a mindset to know the unknowable and believe the unbelievable. I believe that it is common for many Christians to have a restrained faith based on what they aren’t able to imagine. God is not knowable by anything other than love. If we are looking for a lifetime relationship that is fruitful and based on faith, we must be willing to imagine ourselves into his presence with a heartfelt love. As that salesman captivated his imagination to believe what he could not know, so we too ought to captivate our imagination to believe what can only be known by love and not knowledge. Imagine God!
We pray. Heavenly Father, you are an awesome God, unknowable except by your Holy Spirit. Help us to redirect our imagination of this life away from the world and our flesh to the splendor and wonder of you, our Heavenly Father. Make us better lovers Lord so that we can put that love to its best use by loving others and, in turn, loving you. Forgive us Father when we falter in grace and settle for less than intimacy when it comes to knowing you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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