Psalm 32:8 ...I will guide you with MY eye.
What freedom I am experiencing, learning it is healthy and hopeful to allow myself to imagine the things God imagines!
What is it that He sees with His eye when He looks at me and my life here on earth?
Can I see what He sees? Is His perspective different from mine? How do I learn how to imagine the things that He has Imagined for me?
Being involved in ministry, we ask lots of questions. Questions which cause people to think for themselves to respond. Questions about what it is that they do believe. You will never know what God thinks, sees, or imagines for you if you don't learn how to reason together with Him. You have to take time to sit, relax and really get to know Him and His Spirit to find the hidden nuggets, rich with quality and life just for you. Then you can begin to see the things God sees as He guides you with His eye.
Generally we find most people only see the bad in themselves. They see the things that they deem disqualify them for the good. Most can't imagine how a perfect God could really love them, let alone use them to do the "greater things than these" referenced in the scriptures.
As an adult I once believed imagination was child's play, that we were to grow up and take things at face value and keep our head out of the sand. But God loves children and we are never to become so boring that we can't nor won't see what He sees. There is great power when we agree with heaven. You can take your human limits off of yourself if you start to imagine what God has imagined for you and agree with Him so you begin to see it as He sees it.
What actually is imagination? It is the ability to see something that is not real, tangible or present at the moment. It isn't something spooky, childish, or ungodly and it isn't day dreaming. We use it daily and don't even know we do. You wait for a letter, and imagine the mail man bringing it. You see the lunch you made for your child, left on the counter, and imagine that they are very hungry at school. Think about driving to a place you have been before but don't really remember how to get there for sure. You have to imagine in your mind. You have to see pictures of things that aren't there yet: houses, land marks and street signs. You are using your imagination to do this simple task.
We have to imagine the written word of God as alive to see pictures in our mind of the things God left as our road signs on our journey called life in order to reach our destination. We have to see what He sees and imagine for ourselves what He imagined for our lives in order to make it a reality. So allow yourself to imagine the word alive and actively shaping your life here and now on planet earth. Don't cheat yourself by believing the promises are only for heaven. Don't limit yourself by seeing only the natural things around you.
For those who are a bit more daring, picture yourself doing just one of the many things Jesus said we are commissioned to do, "heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils." (Matt. 10:8) If that is too hard, picture yourself loving those created in His image. Imagine having His Spirit living inside of you, supplying you with each fruit needed to empower you to love. Okay, still a bit too hard? I understand.
Exercise that is easy to do generally doesn't produce great results. If you desire to taste and see that the Lord is good, you will have to slow down and relax. You will have to take time to focus on Heaven's perspective to see what God Sees.
Here was my first fruits of the day.
So this morning as I look out and see only what the natural eye can see, (which means work because all the fields need to be hayed) I allowed myself to experience what my Lord is also seeing as He looks at the land and me from Heaven's perspective.
Psalm 46:10 - "Be still and KNOW that I am God."
I see our goats jumping and running to the fence to meet the tossing of a little grain. God sees joy, fun, freedom and a lack of concern. I see one of our horses ears perk up with the same sound that brought the goats such joy. She watches with anticipation while chewing on grass as the wind gently blows the grass, swaying it side to side. God sees peace, and total surrender to His provision, a lack of worry or fear. He watches and sees her trust, and inquisitiveness, as she watches to see what will happen next. I now feel His peace and I see how it looks to my Lord. Hmmm,. This could be a great way to start my day! I imagine I can allow my mind to remember these land marks next time the stress of life tries to steal my joy and rob my peace.
John 14:27 - "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; I do no give it to you as the world does. Do not be distressed or lacking in courage."
Yes, I can experience courage to face every test and trial, knowing I can imagine myself fixed, settled and secure from heaven's perspective and position.