Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Do You See What I See?"

Imagination. It's limitless. It's freeing. It's the birthplace of new ideas, inventions, stories, movements, dreams. It's where our thoughts run wild with endless possibilities and no one shouts, "Stop!"

When we were children teachers asked us to close our eyes and imagine things all the time. Don't you remember hearing a story and the teacher (or your parents) asked you to close your eyes and think of your own ending to the story? And for a few minutes you were whisped away on a timeless adventure? Your own imagination created the colors, the sights, sounds and emotion of the story. There was nothing you couldn't do or accomplish because you were using your imagination!

God has a limitless imagination, too! He created the universe and all that it holds! He's placed us all somewhere in His story. Do you ever wonder what role you've been chosen to play? Have you closed your eyes tight and imagined what it is you should be in God's story? Have you asked Him why on earth you are here? Have you ever closed your eyes tight in prayer and allowed God to fill your imagination with His story for you? Do you see what He sees?

Oswald Chambers in "My Utmost for His Highest" writes, "One of the reasons for our sense of futility in prayer is that we have lost our power to visualize. We can no longer even imagine putting ourselves deliberately before God. It is actually more important to be broken bread and poured-out wine in the area of intercession than in our personal contact with others. The power of imagination is what God gives a saint so that he can go beyond himself and be firmly placed into relationships he never before experienced."

I'm on a journey of God's imagination. He has given me the stories to write, the words to encourage. He's placed me in front of people I would never imagine I would meet and expereinces I never thought I'd have.

This past Saturday was an example of that as me and my childrens book "Auntie's House" made our debut at the CT Loves To Read Day in Waterbury, CT. As I entered the place of the event I was humbled to think that God had given me this venue to introduce my book. I was humbled that God had miraculously placed these educators in my life at just the right moment. I was humbled that I was able to read and speak to 200 children and their parents. I was humbled that God allowed me to tell my story, to encourage these children's hearts. It was truly an experience beyond my imagination.

We limit ourselves by our own imagination. Had I not trusted God's leading and the encouragement of friends and family to move forward into authorship, I would have limited the power of God's story in my life. I would have limited the power of God's encouragement to others through my life and my story.

There's more of God's imagination to tap into. There's more "wine to be poured-out" into other's lives. There's more relationships to be experienced. God's power is limitless!

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