The Power of Imagination: Part 3

July 14, 2015 Written by 

IMAGINATION on the other hand... has the following aspects:

  • Mull/meditate - over information/issues/situations/circumstances/inner workings of your life; there is always going to be something to mull over or to meditate on.
  • Ponder on them - a form of processing.
  • Mutter about them - some people process better verbally; it helps to put words to your thoughts. (Psalm 2:1)
  • Weave - means that you have something to put together, like facts.
  • Think - putting some thought into how these facts work together.
  • Forecast - think about how the facts are going to work together and if or how they need to be switched up in order to get the desired outcome.
  • Invent - similar to ‘seeing’ the goals that you have thought of, come to fruition; coming up with a solution that has never been tried before. (Psalm 140:2)
  • Engrave - make it so much a part of what you do that it becomes a part of who you are.
  • Be silent - ‘silence is golden’ and ‘better to be silent than to cause trouble’ are expressions (or something similar) that most of us have heard used. The silence that is associated with imagination means that we need to develop a place inside of us that can be silent and free from outside influences and outside noises like all the electronics that we have access to.
  • Let alone - sometimes the best solution to a problem is to simply leave it alone. In imagination, sometimes it is best to let things lie for awhile, while we ponder on the facts.
  • Leave off speaking - same as above.
  • Rest - same as above only with the idea of not being frantic about trying to find the solution. It is simply a resting knowing that when it is time, the solution will come to us especially if we have already spent time mulling, meditating, pondering, etc. over the facts.
  • Keep silent - same as the above with the added dimension of not talking about the problem incessantly. On a side note: did you know that the more a problem gets pointed out or the more talking that happens with the same facts, but no solution, the bigger the problem gets? (Proverbs12:20)
  • Take care of - taking action based on the facts that have been thoroughly thought through to a solution
  • Revolve in mind - this reminds me of an object that revolves round and round and it brings to mind that we need to take the time and see the information/ issues/situations/circumstances/inner workings of your life from all angles considering as many possibilities as possible. (Acts 4:25)
  • Frame something up - I recently acquired a picture and I wanted to have it framed. I spent a fair bit of time considering different options as to the color, thickness, texture etc. of the frame and then the mat(s) to use or not to use. I thought of where I was planning on hanging it and how it would look in this frame and mat versus this frame and mat. I thought about what would enhance the content of the picture. That is what we do when we ‘frame something up’, we contemplate all the factors involved in the whole situation and if we can we also place the information/issues/situations/circumstances/inner workings of your life into an existing framework of information and experiences you already have. (Deuteronomy 31:21)
  • Internal consideration - imagination takes you to a place inside of yourself. Some of us have a harder time to go inside because we are afraid of the mess we will see or because we do not know how to deal with what we are fearful of seeing. You can actually imagine yourself dealing very effectively with whatever you might find when you go into your internal world.
  • Reasoning - once we have the facts, then we need imagine what to do with those facts and how they are going to be put to the best use.
  • Thoughts - already covered above (Romans 1:21)
  • Deep thought - also covered
  • Exercise understanding - it is only after a great deal of thinking and often deep thoughts that we can gain an understanding of what is actually going on and that is when it is the time to act on our understanding. (Luke 1:51)

With all the advantages of imagination versus the destructiveness of fantasy, why do we not spend more time using and honing our imagination skills rather than slipping into fantasy?