Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Visualizing Wonders

This morning I am thinking of the portion of the mind where we visualize objects in memory or in dreams. That room that seems to sit next to the warehouse of memory where we store the content of our thought life. It is where ideas take form. It is where we 'see' what we are thinking.

Myth has made it a place but is it a place? Is the chamber of imagination.an actual chamber. Is it a stage with scenery? If it is then some of those props have gotten a lot of use over the years because we have themes in our dreams that reoccur again and again. Perhaps for some, the dreamscape is used less than others or the use is remembered less at least.

Is it a library or a theater stage? Is it a movie theater or an island in a sea of other islands where other people dream or think. Maybe it is just a construct of our organic mind that only has reality inside of each individual brain.

I know some folks say that we are just animals and nothing more or less but the Bible makes another claim. After all animals dream of running and playing. They think and make decisions. They remember.

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." - Genesis 1:27 ESV

"In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." - 2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV

Those two passages speak volumes to me.

Unlike animals we are made in the image of deity but accusation blinds the mind to that fact. The blindness removes who Jesus is from the mind also. There is an empty slot where that book should be.

God spoke to the prophets at times by showing them things.

"This is what he showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand." - Amos 7:7 ESV

"Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen." - Zechariah 1:20 ESV

"Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him." - Zechariah 3:1 ESV

These were visions God gave men and these men could see them because they were made in the image of God.

There are volumes to say on this subject but let's end with one thought...

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." - Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV

Does the landscape of our mind include the Savior? Are we blind to who He Is? If so then we are blind to who we are also. But if we see Him we can also properly see ourselves.

If the content of our warehouse of thoughts and memory is filled with truth then the visual aspects of our inner mind will visualize wonders.

As sons and daughters, we can think with God. Human beings can think like God but when we are born from above we can think 'with' Him.

"You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar." - Psalm 139:2 ESV

God already knows what we are thinking. Isn't is wonderful to consider that we could know His thoughts?


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