Our daughter has a very active imagination – her head is just stuffed full of princess adventures, imaginary farms and crimes carried out by Albert, an old neighbor of ours (Albert borrowed a bowl before he moved and never brought it back – according to Jenny he is solely responsible for everything that is now missing in the world!) In an effort to try and make sure she understands the difference between real and imaginary we have been playing a game in the car where one of us asks if things or real or pretend.
Yesterday as we were driving she spotted the radio tower on top of Elsie’s Peak, part of the mountainside around Fish Hoek. Talking about the tower I said that that was called Elsie’s Peak. Well she was just delighted to hear that. She shouted in excitement ‘Yes, that’s Elsa’s Peak, the Freezing one!’ Now her imagination has the whole story of Frozen set in Fish Hoek Cape Town!!!!!!
It is so easy to see how our minds are at the centre of our faith and belief. If we can get the truth right in our heads it affects everything – our actions and our reactions. We have to sift through out thoughts and put them in categories real & pretend, true & false.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Our minds are powerful places, and it is easy to let thoughts run away with us – run away into anxiety over fears, real or perceived, run away into condemnation that is not in line with God’s view of us. Jenny’s imagination reminds me of the need to sift and grab hold of thoughts that are not in line with God’s perspective of the world or myself.
Lord, help me to grab hold of my thoughts, to reign them in so that they are in line with Your truth.