Spoken words are much more powerful than we realize. I recently read an article stating negative words play over-and-over in our heads. Imagine then, the impact affirming words have in our lives. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
I have also come to realize there’s power in our imagination. Dictionary.com defines imagination as the process of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to our physical senses.
When I pray, I often look to see what God will show me (Eph 1:17-18). I usually begin by visualizing Jesus with me. You might choose to place yourself in a Bible passage such as Psalm 23. It’s important to remember that God is the supreme ruler of your imagination. When your eyes are firmly fixed upon Jesus (Heb 12:2), he sanctifies the vision in your mind; you don’t have to worry about opening yourself up to new age occultism. Too often, we live out of our head instead of our heart. Relax and invite the Holy Spirit to fill you. Soon, you may start to see an edifying, colorful picture-book unfold. God will begin to share the secrets of his heart with you when you trust him with all your being (Jn 16:13).
According to Wikipedia, “The adage that ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. It also aptly characterizes one of the main goals of visualization, namely making it possible to absorb large amounts of data quickly.” Simply put, pictures tend to stay embedded in our memory longer than words.
I believe God gives us images, ideas, pictures, hopes and impressions to help us step into his plan for our lives. We see clear examples of this in the book of Acts. In chapter 9, God shows Paul a mental picture of a man named Ananias who would come and restore his physical sight. Peter has a similar experience in chapter 10, when God gives him a picture that challenges his Jewish upbringing regarding what is and isn’t acceptable to God. Both Paul and Peter change their mind, heart and life because of a mental image that God gave them. The Gospel of Jesus Christ spreads to Gentiles as a result. Wow!
I have found looking at something from a different perspective can also be powerful. Let’s revisit one of my favorite Disney movies. Aladdin visits Jasmine on the palace roof-top. He hopes to win her heart by taking her on a romantic, magic carpet ride. Extending his hand to Jasmine, he asks her an important question, “Do you trust me?” Intrigued, she smiles, reaches out for his hand and answers, “yes.” Magically, they are whisked away and soaring over a beautiful kingdom.
As I extend my hand to Jesus and trust him, he opens my spiritual eyes and shows me a whole new world. My fears subside and faith rises up within me. Little by little, I confidently walk out my destiny. Will you take his hand and choose to trust him? Jesus wants to soar with you and show you your future. Perhaps, “a picture is worth a 1,000 words”.