From time to time, we are asked about the use of imagination during meditation. For many, this may feel uncomfortable or foreign. To others, it might seem unbiblical. Is it appropriate to use our imagination in meditation?
Created to be Creative
We were created in the image of a creative God. He used his incredible gift of imagination to design and create the world we live in, including the variety of animals, insects and birds. Just think of the camel with two humps, the elephant with a trunk or an aardvark. What creativity and even a sense of humor! In addition, think of the various trees, flowers and other organisms and you can see He designed it all for our pleasure and delight!
God created us in His image, to express His creativity in the earth. You can listen to a symphony, read a good book, enjoy delicious food or view a painting or sculpture. All of these exist because someone used their God-given imagination to create something. Therefore, imagination is a powerful tool given to us by God to use in partnership with Him in creative ways.
But is imagination Biblical?
Psalm 63 was written while David was in the wilderness and yet he wrote, “So I have looked for You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.” All around David was barren land. But with the eyes of his heart or his imagination, he visualized God’s glory and it brought him comfort and peace in his circumstances.
The writer of Hebrews says “looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2. In another verse, Paul says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18) Thus, He likens our imagination to looking in a mirror and that this is how we are transformed. “By beholding we become changed.”
Jesus, Our Example
How did Jesus use His imagination? To see the Father. John 5:19 says, “So Jesus explained, ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do thing by himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son does also.’” (NLT) Again, Jesus did not actually physically see what His Father was doing, but in communion with His Father, saw with His heart the Father’s intentions and carried them out. Therefore, Jesus used His imagination to connect with the Father.
Don’t let fear rob you of this powerful tool to commune with God! Let’s meditate!