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Imagination
By: Pastor Neal Gordon

If you drive up to my house don’t be surprised when you see a lot of unusual things hanging from a tree in our front yard. I’m not talking about boring old birdhouses but much more interesting things like umbrellas, an old brass teapot, a few bowls, shining colored objects dug out of the bottom of a toy box and something that resembles a net with seashells. ‘What is it?’ you ask.  Well that depends on the moment you arrive. Sometimes that front tree is a pirate ship, other times it is a clubhouse, sometimes it is a kitchen and two little kids will call you close to taste a fine food made from the grass and flowers gathered in the yard. It can change several times in the same day.

              The world which exists in that tree is coming from the mind two little ones, my grandkids, who have not lived long enough to have their imaginations stolen from them through worrying about what others think or the anxiety produced by yesterday’s failures and tomorrow’s fears. It is a fierce world in that tree where anything is possible because the souls of two little ones created in the image of God are playing out of the abundance of the spirit within them rather than being limited by the stress outside of them.  

              So many times, when pulling up to the driveway and encountering this scene I ask myself, when is the last time you played or imagined with such freedom? Of course, we adults are always doing such important things that we could never let our hearts be this free from concern. There are real issues, real concerns, real battles, real stuff that if we didn’t endlessly worry about might fade away. I mean, what would happen if we didn’t continually nurse our fears and anxieties? Money! Politics! COVID! Racism! Republicans! Democrats!

              The noise and clamor of all our fears, anxieties, and stresses are robbing us. Jesus had a simple cure.  So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 (NASB)

The apostle Paul echoes this, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (NASB). 

But what about…. What if…. How are we going to…?, etc. You get it don’t you. Noise, loud screaming noise attempting to rob us. Each and every day we are just getting older. All your running around, arguing and Facebook posts are not going to bring the change we want. The change begins within us. To become childlike, trusting our future to a loving Father. Letting go of our fears and regaining our God-given imagination. Watch an ant carry a stick bigger than it is, and be amazed. Say ‘Wow!’ more because you’ve never seen that sunset ever before! Let the cynicism of age go and be at peace. And, if no one is watching, you could even climb a tree. Let the stresses that are outside of you go and relearn how to live from the abundance of His Spirit within you.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Neal        

 

 
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