Our imagination plays a large part in our daily lives. One simple example of our imagination at work is our spatial imagination. For example, if we were in your living room and I asked where the powder room was, you would say something like this, “Go down this hall and its the first door on the right.” To give such directions you recalled an internal visual map of your home and you describe directions based on what you see. If I asked to borrow a pair of shoes and you gave directions to your closet in your bedroom, you would imagine the directions to your closet, then describe those directions based on what you see in your imagination.
Expanding this concept, let’s explore our geographical imagination. If I were leaving your house and needed to go to the post office you would give me directions based on your imagination. You might say, “Go down this street in front of us and take a left. Go to the traffic light and take another left. Go about one mile and the post office is on the right. You can’t miss it.” (I’ve been told “You can’t miss it” numerous times and I’ve missed it!) What did you use to give those directions? Your imagination. Now some people are better at giving directions than others just as some people have more vivid imaginations than others. The point being illustrated is that we use our imagination more than we realize.
The Word says in Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. The Hebrew word translated meditate in this verse in its basic form refers to verbal expressions: speaking or muttering. However, this word can also refer to visual expressions such as meditating, devising, musing, or imagining. In fact, it is translated twice in the Psalms as imagine. We can act on this verse in Joshua by:
- thinking about the Word
- speaking the word to ourselves
- imagining ourselves in the Word
We should include all three of these as part of our Christian activities: thinking, speaking, and imagining. The immediate purpose of this is to observe to do what the Word instructs and the long-term purpose is that we make our way prosperous and have good success.
For our purposes I have focused on the activity of imagination. We can apply this principle of imagination to any scripture in the Word. When we read the word, we should think about it, memorize it, speak it to ourselves. These activities should create imaginations (vivid images) of what the Word describes. Using the Word as your guide, imagine what the Word says, see yourself acting on that Word, and see yourself receiving the results the Word promises for your life.