I had a fun day today with my children as they were off school on half term break. Art and creative productions flowed like an unending river. Toys saturated the lounge covering every free surface (in some places double!). Bike rides to the park with endless mishaps and incidents. It was all nonstop action.
The one thing that most stood out to me was the games my three young live wires were creating for themselves. The games rarely got completed as their imaginations were in absolute over drive. Each time a new idea came it was just added into the mix and on they went! Their imaginations were both epic and so extravagant beyond the bounds of reality. It seemed it was more about dreaming the games up than playing them. On several occasions I found myself laughing as the games took the most left-field of directions as a new sub plots emerged. My conclusion today was that my children have the most fun-filled and wild imaginations that completely created the platform for their day.
As I reflected on the day as the kids sat down to watch a pre bedtime movie together a verse from the Bible leapt into my mind. It comes at the end of a dynamic prayer from the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Church in Ephesus.
Paul reminds us that God ‘is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.’
I pondered on this it dawned on me that my imagination needs to be stretched beyond the bounds of reality a bit more often. How often do I day-dream as to what God might do through his power at work in somebody like me. My conclusion was not often enough!
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”
T. E. Lawrence