"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."1
Mary looked through her kitchen window then frowned. "Those workmen," she fumed, "have dumped a load of trash right outside the back door."
Then the children came and shouted with delight! They saw, not a load of trash, but a glorious heap of play material.
Watching and listening, mother soon saw the children change the trash dump into a gleaming spaceship complete with excited astronauts—all done through the power of imagination.
Does life for you seem dull and ugly right now? Do you have a "trash dump" staring you in the face? With God's help and the power of imagination you, too, can create a new image of what your life can be.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in all the challenges of life, please help me see beyond the immediate situation and imagine, with your help, what my life can become; one that is perfect [mature] and complete. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."
1. James 1:2-4 (NIV).