Every morning, my son loves to check “our little farm” as he calls it. Our little farm consists of two planter boxes. One contains herbs and the other contains a jalapeno plant and a yellow teardrop tomato plant. If he determines something is ready to be picked and enjoyed, in it comes where he will joyfully present to me the offerings of the morning.
After one such exploratory trip to the little farm that sits just outside our sunroom, Henry brought me one small jalapeno and three little tomatoes. Only two tomatoes were ready to be eaten, the other items could have stood a few more days on the vine. That is not what Henry saw. He brought in the morning collection of goods and announced, “Let’s make tomato soup!”
I looked at the meager produce and said, “Henry, we don’t have the ingredients to make tomato soup. We will have to get them at the store the next time we go.” Henry would not be deterred. He pointed at the humble grouping and said, “Sure we do! Let’s make soup with these.”
We all have a choice in our vision. What do we choose to see? If we focus on what’s lacking, we live with a scarcity mindset. Whatever we have will never be enough. If we can see the world through a lens of gratitude and possibility, there will always be options.
The mind of a child is an enviable resource with its limitless imagination. I believe it is an imprint of the magnificence of God. A simple glimpse into the beautiful complexity of humanity and the world of nature reveals an endless experience of intention, beauty, and whimsy. It’s captivating.
Have you lost touch with the imaginative part of yourself where logic, time, and space are irrelevant? I know I did. Watching Henry has brought out a desire to reconnect those missing pieces within me. It’s good to dream because nothing new can ever come if we immediately talk ourselves out of it from the get-go.
The Bible talks about how God can do more than we can ask or imagine. I believe God wants us to think big and dream big. It seems only natural as creatures made in His image.
Consider the following verse as you think about having a vision of possibility:
“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are your works and my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14