Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The Power of Imagination
For example, there was a night when I was lying in bed and I was upset. I couldn't seem to get past something that happened that day. I tried to imagine what my problem would look like to me if it were a picture and all I could come up with was darkness. I felt trapped in darkness with no way out. Now, for me, it helps to pray, and imagine. I prayed and told Heavenly Father that I was feeling upset, and that I felt like I was surrounded by darkness and I needed His help.
One thing I have learned is that when I have a problem, it really helps to think it through for myself, even if the problem is something as vague sounding as "I am feeling surrounded by darkness". What am I asking for? What am I hoping Heavenly Father will do? Well, the obvious solution to being surrounded by darkness is that a little light will get through! So that is what I asked for. I asked Heavenly Father to please send me a little bit of light to penetrate that darkness. I imagined Him doing it, and almost immediately He answered my prayer with a flood of thankful memories that helped me let go of whatever had happened that day that had upset me, and the darkness was gone.
I did not solve my own problem, but using my imagination to try to help define the problem and imagine a solution, helped me to believe, and to have faith that there really was something that could be done to help me. Often as I go through the process of imagining a solution to a problem, the Lord helps me to know what to do!
Nothing is ever invented without being imagined first, and problems are easier to solve if you can imagine a solution! There really is great power in imagination. If we imagine something is hopeless, it may be that it is. But, if we imagine that same something has a solution, we are likely, one day, to find it.
*Picture from Google Images