This subject of tapping into the imagination of God came front and center when going through an old journal for a journal class that I teach.

I was putting the class together with examples from my own journals and came across this entry from a trip to Italy. The date was April 27, 2013. My husband and I were standing in the Sistine Chapel staring up at the ceiling.

How Michelangelo Literally Painted the Imagination of God

Our guide was telling us to notice what artist Michelangelo was trying to convey. God was surrounded by cherubims and seraphims encased in a brain. Creation had come out of the mind and imagination of God. Michelangelo was depicting God passing along the mind, imagination, and soul of God into Adam through their fingers touching together.   

I had completely forgotten about this entry until I went back to read it again. (One reason to journal because we forget!) All the class participants had seen a picture of the Sistine Chapel. No one had noticed the brain.

God created humankind in his image.

We have the power to create and to imagine just like God does! Do we truly believe that? Paul is reminding us that we have that power within us to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.

But Imagination Can Be Dangerous

There is danger in imagination too. Our imaginations can run wild given the state of our world. If you imagine constant gloom and doom (like the news reports), your life will be filled with stress and anxiety.

You can imagine a worst case scenario, relive old situations and experiences that did not go well, and drive yourself into a state of hopelessness, anger, worry, and fear.

Imagination Can Be Powerful

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview to life’s coming attractions.”

Imagination is everything. It is the preview to life's coming attractions. Albert Einstein

When used to create a positive future, imagination is very powerful. It’s even more powerful when you tap into the imagination of God.

Have you even thought about this power that you possess? What can you imagine for yourself this year and in the years to come?

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