by Deborah Garner
Do you know any little girls with an imagination that encompasses everything princess? They daydream of pink castles, white horse drawn carriages and living happily ever after? They probably love to dress up in ballroom gowns and add sparkly glitter and tiaras to their hair.
My middle granddaughter can name every Disney princess; describe their dress in detail and explain what takes place in their story. She makes up imaginary conversations between the princess, the forest animals and the handsome prince. She plots heroic rescues and happy endings. Elaborate make-believe weddings delight her and in her versions, the bride and groom always “live happily ever after.”
As to what the vague concept of living happily ever after means to her young mind, it might be something like a castle with a swimming pool, lots of pet dogs and cats, perfect long hair that never tangles and a banquet size table of luscious desserts.
Our family is fond of saying, “What a gifted imagination she has.” But humans are all gifted with wonderful imaginations. It is a God-given function of our minds that allows us to daydream or visualize things of the present, the future, or to clearly picture possibilities that others dismiss.
Music, art and literature are created by imagination. Without it, Michelangelo would not have painted the Sistine Chapel; we wouldn’t have our souls stirred by Handel’s “Messiah” or recognize a drama called “Hamlet.”
Scientific research is jump started by creative thinking. We have electricity, the Internet, cellphones and fast cars because someone first imagined them.
Imagination can invent something profoundly useful or simply bring pleasure to the senses.
As to my imagination, I’m rather prone to using it to plot and plan solutions to my most pressing problems. I just know that if A would happen, then B would follow and C would be the perfect outcome. So after a sleepless night pondering all of my heavy thoughts, I sometimes wonder what it would be like to trade in my life for a life of a princess.
This new life would mean having a continuously self-cleaning house, fresh sheets on the bed every night but without the need to do laundry and never a dirty dish to wash after the delightful gourmet meals of food without calories.
And because I could magically fix all of their problems, all of my loved ones would be healthy and happy.
Oh well…reality check, but for a little while it can be fun to daydream about a life without worries, stress or redundant chores.
However, I know in my heart that my Creator made my mind and every one else’s for so much more.
As a flash back into the princess world, I have to consider what a little girl’s idea of a pink castles would look like in a big girl’s world.
If the richest person on this earth offered me a room in their mansion, I probably couldn’t describe what I would expect to find or even what the bed would feel like because I haven’t ever experienced that kind of luxury.
In Matthew 7, Jesus talks of a good father not giving his child a rock when he asks for bread or a serpent in place of a fish. If people, who are far from good, have the heart to give good gifts to their children, then I can believe that the gifts that my Heavenly Father has promised are indescribable.
The Lord knows who I am and what I desire. He has the hairs on my head counted and He knows every thought in my mind
So when I read in His word that Jesus is going to prepare a place for each one of us in His Father’s heavenly house, I just can’t wait to see my own room! I think there will be times when the scent of pine trees or ocean breezes will waft through, but other times it might fill with the fragrance of a very fond memory (like the scent of baby powder or of the roses my husband brought me on our anniversary)
The room will be awash with the brilliance of light from the Lord’s glory but it will still be a place of peaceful serenity for me.
Riding in a carriage pulled by prancing horses is a princess daydream that usually denotes royalty. In heaven, I believe we will be honored as the daughters of the King. Revelation 22:4 says we will carry His name on our foreheads-it will be our tiara. In 2:17 it says that all will be given a new name that is engraved on a white stone. I think that name may describe a spiritual dimension that only the Lord sees in us. Much like the new names the Lord gave to Abram, Sarai and Jacob to foretell their future blessing.
And as to our clothing? It will be bridal white with an aura of purity because the sin stains will be gone.
Then there’s the happily ever after part. To me, that is probably one of the most amazing concepts of all. I will be in the Presence of the Lord and witness a love so pure; it will take my breath away. No more pain, or grief in this heavenly place. No more cancer, birth defects or mental illness. I won’t know what anger or regret feels like and my only unmet goal will be to further know my Lord.
To imagine a compassionate God that loves humans so much, He sent His only son, Jesus, to die a tortured death to keep us obtuse, sinful individuals from Hell, is difficult. And Jesus, the obedient Son, willing to go to the cross for all of us, knowing how many would reject Him is heartbreaking to me.
A scene from a violent Sci-Fi movie would be nothing compared to a world without God’s love and the Holy Spirit dwelling within it. The earth would be controlled by the disciples of Satan, filled with utter chaos, hatred, and every vile activity an evil man could think up. That world without the Will of the Creator holding it together would soon self-destruct.
So leaving that awful vision aside, even while knowing that our world is growing more Godless by the day, perhaps the inspiration of my granddaughter can bring me to focus on joyful thoughts.
As we share time together, I want to encourage her to appreciate the extra measure of imagination she has been given. I want her to know that others enjoy her entertaining stories. But she also needs to know that God will hold her responsible for how she uses her wonderful thought processes. She should know that she may find it a temptation to daydream away her time, longing for material things or creating fictional escapes from life’s problems. But always my prayer will be that she will use her imagination to purposefully pursue all things lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy, the very things of God as the Bible says. And in this way He might use her obedience and cheerful character to affect others for the Kingdom.
Understanding this is a choice that all believers must make, I will attempt to follow my own advice and continuously fill my mind with excellent thoughts, letting go of the worrisome things of the world and losing the need to escape into a make-believe dimension.