God’s Gift of Imagination

God’s Gift of Imagination

I was reading my Bible from Genesis 6:13 onwards, when God instructed Noah how to build the Ark. I found myself thinking, It would be wonderful if God would communicate as clearly and precisely now as He did to people like Noah. I imagined Noah standing in a field and gazing up at the sky while a deep voice boomed from the clouds, Make it 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high… put a window 18 inches from the top… coat it with pitch inside and out.

The majority of modern people would probably say that’s not the way God’s chosen to communicate with them. You might have heard someone say, “God’s instructions aren’t given to our ears and eyes but to our spirits.” It seems reasonable that our Creator, who isn’t a human being, doesn’t choose to use the same limited communication methods humans are restricted to with each other. He made the five senses but He is free to transcend them and communicate His thoughts and instructions to us at a far deeper level. Perhaps that’s why He’s given us a wonderfully receptive tool which can’t be pinned down and probed.

If we were able to whiz back in time to witness folk like Noah receiving their inspiration, I wonder whether we would really hear the booming voice we might expect. Is it possible that God might have communicated His deepest plans to their receptive hearts and imaginations, which they gladly made available for Him to fill?

Think of Moses being given the 10 Commandments to etch on stone tablets, and the detailed plans he received to build the original tabernacle in the wilderness. Later, King David received God’s awesome blueprint for the magnificent temple which he drew up to pass on to his son, Solomon. The prophet Jeremiah was given God’s Word which he dictated to his secretary, Baruch. If we could have been present at these occasions, is it possible we may have been disappointed to find nothing but guys with long beards madly scribbling things down?

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That’s all people would see if they step into my house while I’m working on my books (except, of course, I don’t have a beard, thankfully). My kids would be quick to say those moments are very unexciting to witness. When I write my novels, the characters and their plights fill my daydreams. Sometimes I rush for my notebook to jot down their dialogues before I forget them. Am I just another person in a long line of folk who have received detailed guidance from God Himself when I devote my imagination to Him? The way in which sudden ideas tend to ignite my mind without my volition makes this seem credible. Often, something deep inside tells me, Yeah, that’s just the thing, when a particular idea for the story or a character’s reflection gels with me. Could this be God’s guidance?

Have you had these moments too? Have you had a sudden light flash idea, causing you to run for your note book, sketch pad or musical instrument? Have you ever felt your spirit soar when you hear a wonderful song that you just know was God-inspired on the part of the composer? Have you seen a work of any medium of art which has brought tears to your eyes?

Albert Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” It’s good to remember that our imaginations are gifts God has given us with the intention to communicate with us and others through them. Let’s also remember that imaginations are not gifts given just to individuals, but to the rest of the world through them. I hope your creativity will soar in the weeks and months ahead as you pursue what God has placed in your imaginations.

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Paula Vince About Paula Vince

Paula Vince is the author of Picking up the Pieces, The Risky Way Home, A Design of Gold and Best Forgotten. Her new novel, Imogen’s Chance, was released April, 2014.

Comments

  1. Hello, Paula! I love this imagery! I do the same thing. Inspiration hits me at the oddest times and I know there is now way it just came from me – it had to be God! Giving God control of our imagination – powerful!

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  2. Hi Angela,
    Sometimes, there’s just no mistaking it, is there? I think it’s wonderful that, rather than something we have to strain for, imaginative ideas are given to us in those moments.

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