The the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry. Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing colas flamed forth from him.” Psalm 18:7,8
In the movie, Princess Bride, there is a fight scene between the Dread Pirate Roberts and the giant, Fezzik. They battle for a bit and then the pirate knocks the giant out with a large rock. The scene ends with the Dread Pirate Roberts ordering the unconscious Fezzik to “Sleep well and dream of large women.” While we laugh at this line, it does point to something that we have been created to do, dream.
Whether we are giants, pirates, male or female, we all dream. We are created to dream and to imagine. The God who created the world out of his word made us in his image. An image with the ability to create, imagine and dream. This is a wonderful gift. Imagination brings into being lifesaving things like antibiotics and artificial hearts. It envisions a better world and brighter future.
The psalmist used his imagination in Psalm 18. He calls to the Lord and sees him respond as a fire breathing creature that makes the mountains quake. It is easy to visualize God’s anger and power in the image of the hideous creature. Our imaginations join the imagination of the psalmist and God comes to life. Our faith is encouraged when we know the same “creature” is coming to our call.
So we, too, can imagine. We can imagine a God big enough to meet our needs. We can imagine God’s wings over us casting a protective shadow over us. And in the shadow, we can sleep well and dream of a mighty God.