When I was much younger, I daydreamed a lot. There were times when my world of make believe was a place where I retreated from reality long enough to feel good. The only bad thing about doing this is, sometimes you get confused as to what is real and what is not, so the more time you spend in your dreams, the more reality escapes you. At some point, I made the choice to live in the ‘real’ world with ‘real’ people and learn to navigate my wild imagination, but even now, I find that if I don’t harness my thoughts, I feel the tug in my mind to make the leap back, just for a little while.
God created us with imaginations, good ones that is. He gave us the ability to dream, to create, set goals, to speak what we see in our dreams. It’s a gift, really. Einstein had a wild imagination. Ben Franklin imagined he could harness electricity! Reinhard Bonnke imagined great revivals in Africa, claiming the whole continent for Jesus. Billy Graham thought it possible to take the gospel to the world. Proverbs 29:18 tells us that without vision, people perish.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth. That took imagination, vision and the ability to call those things that hadn’t yet manifested, to be. We are created in His image and likeness, to dream, to create, to speak. What we listen to, read or watch, helps to form our imaginations and visions. We can create good things or bad things simply by changing what we feed our mind. I Corinthians 13:11 says; “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, and I made plans like a child. When I became a man, I stopped those childish ways.”
II Corinthians 10:5 says; “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” One translation says casting down imaginations. It’s a struggle to think right things. It’s a battle of sorts that all of us face, but God has equipped us with a way to guard our heart and mind. He will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him. (Isaiah 26:3)
Father, help us to keep our minds on you today. To think of your goodness, your greatness, your ways that are higher than our ways. You long to take our thoughts and make them Your own so that you can do great and mighty miracles in the earth through us. Your reality is the only reality I need. I can escape to your throne room, spend time in your presence, laugh with you and dance before you. You’re more real than anything I’ve ever imagined. Nothing is impossible for You.