(Don't) Grow Up -
Why childlike imagination is the key to mature faith.
"I often wonder if our God-given ability to imagine— what children do naturally—is the discernment tool for apprehending and engaging Godʼs mysterious movements in the world.
When you consider that God made this world out of His imagination and that God created us with the capacity to imagine, doesnʼt it make sense that this faculty, more than any other, might be crucial for our ongoing relationship with God? It makes sense that God gave us imaginations so we could experience all that Heʼs imagined—in a way that only our imaginations can grasp.
Imagination, it seems to me, is the place where the created and the Creator meet, where the material encounters spirit.” -John Van Sloten
Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself. — C.S. Lewis
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. — Thomas Merton
God’s Plan Isn’t a Roadmap -
His will for your life may not be as specific as you hope—but that’s OK.
By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation,
You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea;
Who establishes the mountains by His strength,
Being girded with might;
Who stills the roaring of the seas,
The roaring of their waves,
And the tumult of the peoples.
He seeks…His people and sends them both sorrows and joys to detach their love from other things and attach it to himself. — J.I Packer
They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs;
You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.
Psalm 65:8 (NASB)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. — (1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV)