Imagination is such a great thing

So many times throughout our lives we imagine things. But unfortunately in times of trouble, our imagination can get the best of us. We worry about the “what if?” What if this happens, what if that happens. Wm Paul Young writes in The Shack that “Without wisdom, imagination is a cruel taskmaster” (p. 141). As I look back on the life of King Solomon (one of the wisest men in history): when God asked him what he wanted, he asked for wisdom (1 Kings 3:9). Without wisdom, fame, fortune, anything and everything is totally useless. One has to be able to “know” things in order to live a fulfilling and rewarding life. Without wisdom, imagination can destroy one’s life through “what ifs.” In the Shack, the main character Mack states that he lives a small portion of his life in the present, a large amount of time in the past (concerns over past actions), but “most of the rest of the time…trying to figure out the future” (p. 141). Is there anything wrong with that? I would say NO, except in the case of duplicating Mack’s mistake.  So what is his mistake?  He failed to picture God in the future. God spoke to Mack saying “do you realize that your imagination of the future, which is almost always dictated by fear of some kind, rarely, if ever, pictures [God] there with you?” (p. 142).

This made me stop and really seriously think. Why do I fear the future? The answer was simple: I forget to include God. When I picture God in the future with me, all things are made clear. The worries disappear. The fear is conquered. There is nothing to be troubled about.

On the other hand, “the person who lives by their fears will not find freedom in [God’s] love” (p. 142). But those who completely trust God and turn over their lives to Him, can live confidently and joyously in the present and the imagined future because of His loving grace. In church, we “sing about it, [we] talk about it,” but how many of us truly live it? (p. 142).

Let your imagination know and remember that God is ALWAYS there with us. Rid your imagine of the dreaded “what ifs” and let God direct your paths.

{quoted passages used with permission, from The Shack.}

2 Replies to “Imagination is such a great thing”

  1. The Shack was an amazing read. There are so many incredible passages! My favorite…”Most birds were created to fly. Being grounded for them is a limitation within their ability to fly, not the other way around.” She paused to let Mack think about her statement. “You on the other hand, were created to be loved. So for you to live as if you were unloved is a limitation, not the other way around.”

    Brings tears to my eyes. God Bless.

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