Psalm 16:8: “I keep the Lord always before me.”
My mom used to say that as a child I had such a vivid imagination, that I could play in an empty corner for hours. But while my parents thought it a wonderful quality to be able to occupy myself in that way, my first-grade teacher judged my wandering spirit as not adhering to the class curriculum and somewhat of a deterrent to learning…
Did you ever think of the role imagination plays in your faith life? Some say that the longest road on earth is the one between the head and the heart. By that, they mean that it is a long stretch from understanding something with your intellect to really knowing it to be true in a way that it touches and shapes your heart. Think of imagination as the bridge that helps you move God’s truth from your head to your heart.
This verse from Psalm 16 suggests that the psalmist used his imagination to make God’s presence more real and His security more palpable.
As an exercise in using your imagination to open your heart to God’s truth this week, pick a time each day and imagine that Jesus is sitting on the chair next to you as you talk with Him about the happenings of your day.
Did God’s presence seem closer?
Did you feel more secure?
—Submitted by Gudrun Reeves
Gudrun Reeves is currently taking a breather with her husband of 25 years on lake Como, Italy, exploring the region on old mule paths. Here, uncountable church steeples and wayside chapels have served for centuries to remind generations of people to keep the Lord always before them.
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