“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”
We say it all the time, “Just imagine…” The problem is that many people can’t really imagine. We are people who are mostly tied to what we know and then we relate that to what someone has already created and then go from there. We used to run into this in video games all the time. Imagine and create a character, or wait until someone has created it and then replicate into a video game? The lesser risk path is the latter. So, it is good to put people in a room to imagine and brainstorm, but be ready that there will be one or two people who will lead and the rest of the group will just follow. But, everyone can think and thinking is what we also need. C.S. Lewis wrote in the book, Miracles; “To think, then, is one thing, and to imagine is another. What we think or say can be, and usually is, quite different from what we imagine or picture; and what we mean may be true when the mental images that accompany it are entirely false. It is, indeed, doubtful whether anyone except an extreme visualist who is also a trained artist ever has mental images which are particularly like the things he is thinking.” For the rest of us we are lucky to have others who can capture it for us.
Lewis gave us this quite in the context of understanding the miracles that God can do. Since we can’t imagine, much less predict or even understand the scope and the power of the God’s miracles, it just makes more sense to practice faith (believing in those things we can’t yet see). We are bound by the time that we have been on the earth, that is our understanding and therefore our jumping off point for what we can imagine and understand. Before the airplane was invented, no one would have imagined rockets or flying saucers. This is what God does with us. He is performing miracles all around and through us. We are one of His miracles, but we just don’t have a context to put it into….yet. So today, let’s not waste a miracle. Let’s imagine that what God is doing with us today is part of the bigger miracle He has in store for us and all whom we will enounter. That, we should be able to imagine.
Reference: Hebrews 11:1 (New Living Translation)