The Spiritual Life’s Extra Crock Pot

Ever got a Christmas present that is spectacular at collecting dust?

So many potentially useful things, so little time or desire to use them.

In the spiritual life, imagination is like an extra crock pot.  We all have been gifted by God with one, rarely do we use it.  And the people that regularly do…well they’re just weird.

But imagination can come in handy, especially when things feel dry, boring, and confusing.  A young man named David, living in a desert region, confronted with the ups and downs of life, came up with the following song.  It’s an imaginary vision of what a decrepit world would look like when the fullness of God’s presence were slathered upon it.  It’s also an allusion to God’s Kingdom.  You see, through our imagination we’re able to envision who we are becoming, and envision the answer to the prayer “thy kingdom come.”

Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
my whole life long.

*The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Ps 23). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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