This is the Day…Thursday
July 30, 2020
Just My Imagination
Growing up with three older brothers and tons of neighborhood friends meant there was always something to do on our street. There was always a ballgame to play or bikes to ride or a new adventure to enjoy in the woods. But I can remember many days that I did not spend with my friends and brothers. Some days I just wanted to play by myself.
I have always had an active imagination and I learned that, when I was playing with other people, I tended to give in to what they wanted to do that day. I was participating in their adventures and their games. It was their imagination, not mine.
So, many days I chose to play alone. In some ways, those are the days that I remember the most fondly. I could take my cars, trucks, and blocks out into the dirt in the backyard and build huge cities and imagine how fun it would be to live there.
I could take my neighbor’s dog, Smokey, with me into the woods and imagine I was in a place thousands of miles away, exploring a forest no one had ever seen before with my trusty sidekick.
I could ride my bike out into the country and imagine the freedom of traveling to far away places, even though I was only two miles from my house.
My imagination has served me well over the years. It has helped me understand the importance of hav ng the ability to imagine how things could be. It may be a vision based on childlike possibilities, but if it can be imagined, it can be done. My imagination is based on an understanding of the distinct connection between our dreams and hope.
Matthew tells us in his Gospel, “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26b
The first step in being an active participate in God’s Will is to have the ability to dream. To have an imagination that allows you to see the world from God’s perspective. Not dreams bound up in our limited abilities as fallible humans. But rather, dreams that are only limited by the greatness of God and His Will.
Matthew also told us, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
Maybe there is nothing wrong with having a childlike view of this world? Maybe we need to give God a chance to show us His possibilities?
Several years ago, my childlike imagination allowed me to dream of being the Pastor of a great church, filled with loving people who cared deeply for each other and the community they serve. Two years ago, God made my dream come true. With God, if it can be imagined, it can be done.
Do not put limits on God. It may just be your childlike imagination, but with God all things are possible.