Day 29’s post from the BigRead13 can be found here.
The words of Agur son of Jakeh. An oracle.
Thus says the man: I am weary, O God,
I am weary, O God. How can I prevail?
2 Surely I am too stupid to be human;
I do not have human understanding.
3 I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the holy ones.
4 Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in the hollow of the hand?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is the person’s name?
And what is the name of the person’s child?
Surely you know!
5 Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not add to his words,
or else he will rebuke you, and you will be found a liar.
Have we become a world where we’re too ‘stupid’ to see the value in imagination, we’re asked?
Picture of Sainte-Chapelle by gosne.
I’m not sure we have quite yet; or at least not everybody is. There are still great books being written with amazingly immaginative plots and characters. Love or hate Harry Potter, there is no denying that an awful lot of immagination has gone on in dreaming up the stories. Original films are still being made, plays put on, and music written. The picture to the right is of Sainte-Chapelle in France. Last week I had the privilege to hear the world premiere of a piece of music written by Eric Whitacre with the title Sainte-Chapelle; a girl had gone into the chapel and heard the angels in the windows of glass singing the Sanctus. It takes imagination to dream that that is what she is doing. It takes imagination to write a beautiful poem (which you can find here) about this. It takes imagination to set this to music.
Yet we do need to guard against distraction. It is too easy to fill our brains with the trivia of the popular press; of tittle-tattle; of idle trivia. It is too easy for this to squeeze out what matters.
Lord, help us to concentrate on what matters. Help us to dream, rather than let others dream for us. Let our imaginations be used for good, to dare to dream. Let us pray for more creativity to work to your glory.
A video about Sainte-Chapelle: