News from the Front Porch Feb. 7
Dark clouds streak the sky, but slowly they change to pink, orange and red as the brilliance of the sun breaks the horizon and a new day is born.
Today's sunrise ranged from various shades of orangey-red in the east with pink streaks over to the deep magenta in the west. It was one of those full-sky sunrises that brings celebration to morning.
Like hope. Hope rises from a thought to full life in the imagination. Imagination is how you think, how you meditate, how you understand and how you remember things. You really can't do anything without an imagination. Hope is more than "I want this to happen" or "I wish this would happen."
Hope is contained in the imagination. Every time Scripture talks about imagination in a positive way, it uses the word hope. When Paul talked about hope, he was seeing things with his heart. He was taking the promises of God, and through those promises, he was seeing God cause him to succeed.
Therefore, when we take the promises that God gives us in his word and meditate on them, they catch fire in our imaginations, and hope gives sight to our heart, enabling us to see the unseen. Vision is born. Then we can wait for the fulfillment of the promise with patience.
The Bible says our imagination dictates how our lives go, "for as he thinks in his heart, so is he." The imagination is like soil. Soil doesn't care what kind of seed is planted in it. The moment the seed is planted, it starts producing. It's the same with the heart and imagination. Imagination will conceive a thought and automatically start making it come to pass, whether it's positive or negative. Imagination is like a spiritual womb.
The imagination isn't moral or immoral; it's what it is focused on that affects it. We get to choose whether our imagination is positive, which is hope, or negative, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We have the power to shut off all the negative things that grab at us. The Bible says that in the last days, people's hearts will fail them for the fear of things that will be happening on the earth. If one stays nourished in God's word, hope will grow and extinguish unbelief. Faith will then develop strength that conquers fear.
Positive imaginations pool into joy and cause one to live in hope. Hope is powerful. It spills over one's life into the lives of others.
"What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see."
"These things I've planned won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed." Heb. 11:1, Hab 2:3
Dianne Brady is an author and speaker and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.