Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.—Ephesians 3:20
When I am feeling stuck, engaging in what some call, “analysis paralysis,” I find it helpful to apply the power of our God-given creative imagination for inspiration and problem-solving.
Imagination is a powerful entity. It can cause the hair on the back of our neck to stand up, our spirit to soar, or our face to blush. Imagination is the power that holds our beliefs together; we believe with our imagination. Imagination is the wellspring of faith and hope. Our biggest and best dreams for ourselves and others rise from the imagination.
When we have been hurt, our imagination is wounded. As a result, alienation and belief in bad news replace belief in good news. We may have...
- a feeling response that can become frozen into resentment.
- an anger response that can become frozen into negative reactions of rage or passivity.
- an interpretation response that can become frozen in negative attitudes, perceptions, biases, and beliefs.