Imagination: What is it?

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“ He calms the storm,
So that its waves are still.
Then they are glad because they are quiet;
So He guides them to their desired haven.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men.” Psalm 107:29-31

A very basic definition of imagination is that it is our creative ability to visualize clever and unique outcomes that have not yet materialized.

In a Biblical context, imagination is linked to the use of our thoughts to explore the world as God intended— beginning with understanding Him and then extending to action that spreads His kingdom on earth. All creative resources available to us are to be vigorously expended for that glorious purpose!

As a Christian artist, I wondered if God left any clues in the Bible about the proper use of imagination. I approached the subject cautiously, and with reverence, because of verses like the one below.

 The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are futile.
Psalm 94:11

Our greatest thoughts, without God's partnership are, indeed, futile, even if lauded by the world. Biblical imagination that He endorses has clearly marked boundaries.

Imagination: Biblical fuel for Creative Growth is a new course at the Palm & Pen School for Christian Artists. I spent over a year mulling over this topic, praying about it, reviewing, correcting and adjusting my ideas about Biblical imagination before I felt that I was ready to share my understanding.

Even so, I know that what I present in this Course is only the merest drop from the ocean! The Bible is so magnificent!

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 O LORD, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep.  Psalm 92:5

“ I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20 

I freely admit that His thoughts are so deep that this Course merely skims the surface of possibilities available for every earnest seeker. 

A couple of years from now, as I continue to walk in a growing understanding of God and His ways, I will know more. Growth is always so painstakingly gradual, requiring utmost patience to foster! And I am impatient by nature. I remain persistent by reminding myself that Patience is a fruit of the Spirit!

imagination: Will I gain a comprehensive grasp of it?

The answer is a definite "NO!"

God declares that there is an enormous chasm between His thoughts and ours. Yet He graciously offers a way to bridge that great divide. He does not leave us in ignorance—and for that I am so grateful!

The Bible is a beautiful encapsulation of the vastness of His thoughts, ways, and His expectations of us. It is only by study and conversations with Him about His words that we begin to understand Biblical imagination.

The journey becomes exciting when we discover ways of thinking and responding to our world from study that are clearly blessed by Him. 

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55:8-9

Honoring, cherishing and actively engaging with His words in our lives is the key to growth. By cherishing His thoughts above our own, and acknowledging their greatness and worth, we profit in ways that are clearly supernatural and extraordinary.

Imagination: can it be nurtured, blessed and Increased?

Absolutely! I discovered that a limitless God can bless limitless growth in artists, who seek Him before any other.

Those who choose His way can grow from infancy to maturity, because God honors His Word and will bless. His blessing is an impartial, unstoppable force, responding only to faith.

He has clearly articulated plans and purposes for His word on this earth. Aligning yourself to them is the best way to grow in your imagination and creativity.

Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit; So he who waits on his master will be honored. Pro 27:18

 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there, But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater,

 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; 
It shall not return to Me void, 
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. 
Isaiah 55:10-11

Proverbs 16:3 states "Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established."

It is only in commitment to Him in every aspect of your creative pursuit that you can hope to have thoughts,  imaginations and corresponding works that He will establish. The Hebrew word for “established” used here also means to make “firm” and “stable.” 

It may seem upside down, but it works! I testify that God has worked in my life more than I ever thought possible! And I am trusting Him for whatever else the future holds.

The first module in the Course is FREE. So if you would like to sample my teaching style or understand the content in the course, I invite you to view the FREE preview.

Should you choose to take the course, remember this—understanding truths from the Bible is only the beginning—acting in accordance with them is what will manifest your growth.

Faith without works is dead. Corresponding “works” in keeping with growth in faith will be the trigger for your own adventures with God, using imagination that He authors and promises to bless!