Faith Covered in Imagination (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 246)
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT)
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
We can’t see ideas but we know that they exist because we develop them in our minds and result in all the things we see in the world. We can’t see the blood vessels that run throughout our body or our bones and muscles but we know that they are there, otherwise we would not be alive. We can’t see our heart, but every breath we take reminds us that it is beating. We can’t see God but we know that he exists by faith. We imagine that he is in Heaven and he cares for us and loves us.
Imagination covers our faith. What we see in this life is no comparison to what is to come in the next life. As believers, we set our eyes and happily look forward to spending eternal life in heaven, not because we’ve seen this splendid place but because our faith causes us to believe it is there. When we cannot see something, we imagine what it will be. When we open up our imagination to the promises of God, we induce hope.
Faith in God and his promises causes us to hope for something. We just know it is going to happen because our faith already makes it a reality. When we hope, we dream. We create the occasion or the circumstance. God told Abraham he was going to have a child in his old age. There was no visible proof that this would happen. But Abraham had faith and believed God and he could visualize what God promised to do for him. Faith causes us to hold on to our imagination even when our imagination is vastly different from reality.
The things in this world will not last for all of eternity. Your house, your car, your job — it will all one day be gone. The people who are special to you in your life will one day leave this earth. You too, my friend, will not stay here forever. Your body will “return to dust” but your soul will return to the God that gave it. You can’t see your soul but you believe and have faith that it is there. Imagination of faith helps us to focus on things that are going to last for all of eternity. It is the things we cannot see that will last forever.
“The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien