I Found my Imagination in the Lost and Found
I couldn't find him.
But, to be honest, I wasn't searching all that hard.
My friend, Imagination, had slipped away from me while I wasn't looking.
And, that was okay in my mid-twenties. I didn't have time for him. I was dating a new guy named 'Grown-Up'. He made fun of my old friend, Imagination, and told me he was just for children. Anyway, I had bills to pay and mouths to feed. I waded through days, weeks, months, and years with a secure career choice that kept me safe.
Now, don't get me wrong. I loved my 'mouths to feed', and I still do. And, the job I had for 30 years was fulfilling in ways I had not 'imagined' it could be.
But, someone asked me yesterday to see something through the eyes of imagination, and I have to say, the thought took me off guard. When was the last time I had seen him? I could not recall. And, I had been pretty rude to him, not even leaving with a parting good-bye.
Could I find him again?
One of the gifts of getting older is the insight that comes with observing the world through different lenses, if we choose to. So, I pondered the job of my friend, Imagination. What I discerned was this...
Imagination is one of the greatest gifts our minds can acquire, fit for every occasion, not just an occasional daydream of what we wish life could have been. No, it is much more powerful than that.
Think about it this way...
Everything we can see began as something we cannot see.
Read that again. Everything.
This is mind blowing. Imaginations literally change the world.
I had lost my imagination, but now that I see his purpose, I have found him again. He didn't take offense at my departure earlier in life, but he does think I have some catching up to do. And, I look forward to seeing where he takes me. After all, our Creator made the whole world with him...
And, now, it's our gift. If it's been a while since you've had fun playing with your imagination, take him out of the Lost and Found bin. Let him teach you the real way to behave like a grown-up.
"...what is seen has been made from things that are unseen." Hebrews 11:3