Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Imagine that!

With all the traveling lately, especially being here in Jamaica just chilling, relaxing and doing the fun stuff really gave me some time to think and meditate on a few things. It is a wonderful thing to get away and just think, reflect and process life. Our busy lives hardly make it possible to do that. This is why Sabbath is so import to God and we should find ways to just stop and rest and in those resting moments - reflect and meditate. I love being in nature! Jamaica is so beautiful!

Driving to Ocho Rios through the hills and the curvy roads was really beautiful! The waterfalls and the scenery made me realise how much I actually love being in nature. Our planet has so many gorgeous places to offer us for our enjoyment :) God really wanted us to enjoy the beauty of His creation and the images that we see as travel long distances to enjoy - are proof of that.

Speaking of images and the beauty. I find it extraordinary that God chose to give us imagination and visions! They are like the flavour that God added to our spiritual experience. As I study the Word it becomes evident that The Lord uses images, visions and dreams to communicate with His people. Jesus told parables to communicate the message of God through images in those parables, so that we can picture the stories and understand what He meant through those images, opening up our insight. The burning bush - an image God used to communicate to Moses. David, as he prayed in psalms, used imagery (Psalm 23). It is actually pretty fascinating that God chose to communicate His Word to us through stories that require us to use our imagination to envision them. So many uses of metaphors, similes and parables in the Bible - all using imagery and pictures that some to life through imagination. If you look at this picture, you don't need any words - you will know exactly what it symbolises and the meaning of that image - that is your imagination at work...

God gave us a powerful ability to imagine so that He can communicate with us through visions and dreams. Imagination, therefore, is a powerful tool. Like any tool it can be used for the good or it can be used for evil. Our thoughts can produce powerful images on the screen of our minds and can come from our own hearts, can be fed to us by satan or if we give our imagination to God He can project His images and communicate with us by giving us visions, and He can use virtually anything to speak to us.

Today I was studying and really pondered my own ability to imagine. If we really think about it, everything stems from our ability to envision and imagine somethings. If we imagine that something is negative then we begin to feel resentment towards that thing. We can change how we feel about something or someone simply by shifting our imagination and perception about that person...powerful! Try it out. Our ability to imagine is used everywhere, especially by marketing schemes. As we watch commercials our brains imagine how great it would be to have whatever it is being advertised. Our brains fill in the blanks using imagination to make sense of missing information. People are able to manipulate others by using the ability to temper with their imagination.

There is a purpose and a reason why we have this powerful tool and if properly developed and used, if we are aware of how powerful a tool it is which can be used by God to give us visions, it can transform the way we commune with God and how we experience life altogether! It can enrich our prayer life, our worship experience and our walk with God on the whole. I encourage everyone to explore this and pray about it, asking God to speak through divine imagination and to develop this awesome tool! I am loving the way God speaks to me through dreams and visions by using divine imagination...

...and for that I am thankful.

 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:18Amplified Bible (AMP)

 Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathlessand everlasting.

2 Corinthians 4:18Amplified Bible (AMP)

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