Think back to when you were a child. Think about some of the dreams you had. Think back to some of the games you played. More often than not, they all centered around one thing— imagination.
As children, we’re pretty good at imagining. But as we grow older, daily routine and reality make it much more difficult.
I think God is asking us to go back to that childhood way of dreaming. In Ephesians 3:20, He says that He wants to do immeasurably more than we could ever hope for in our lives. But His ability to do that is directly tied to our imagination.
We allow our imagination to sync up with God’s through prayer. When we pray, God’s revelation fills our minds and hearts. He is then free to guide us into a far richer life than we could ever lead on our own.
A fitting example of this is found in the conversion story of the Apostle Paul. It starts in Acts 9, when Paul was still known as Saul. Up until this point, Saul had mercilessly persecuted Christians, breathing out murderous threats to anyone who spoke the Lord’s name. One day, on one of his treks, he was suddenly blinded by a bright light. As he fell from his horse, he heard a loud voice asking, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
On that road to Damascus, Jesus stopped Saul and messed with his sight. Then, He called him a different name— Paul. I believe Jesus wanted to let Saul know him that He saw something more in him. He saw him not as who he was, but as who he could be.
Saul’s not alone in his struggle. Most of us don’t naturally see what God sees in us. But if we will let Him grab our attention, and in prayer, ask to see our potential through His eyes, we too can experience life change.
Saul’s conversion also proves to us that we don’t always naturally pursue God’s plan correctly. Saul thought he was doing the right thing by persecuting believers, but when he opened up his imagination to God’s, he discovered the truth.
Once he did, he found that honoring God is what puts us on the pathway to His best. In Acts 9:5-6, Paul responded to Jesus’ question. He said, “Who are you, Lord?” Jesus replied, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what to do.”When Saul chose to honor God and His wisdom above his own, He was pushed in the direction of God’s will for his life.
As we begin this new year, I want to encourage us all to work toward the same. Let’s not be held back by our own, weak imagination. Let’s open it up to one much bigger. God’s story for you is one that will forever be worth telling! So let’s go write it!