When I was in grade school, the art teacher gave us an interesting assignment. She played a piece of classical music for the entire class. As she played it, she asked us to meditate upon the music and then draw whatever image the music evokes within us. The music was a beautiful orchestral piece with a full symphony performing. As I listened to the delicate interplay of harmonies, the only image that came to mind was an orchestra! So I drew a picture of an orchestra. When the teacher came over and inspected my work, she chuckled and said, “Well yes, I suppose that is true. Couldn’t you think of anything else?”
I sheepishly replied that I could not.
I am usually not that concrete in my thoughts and interpretations, especially when it comes to music and art. But on that day, many years ago, all I could think about was the most unimaginative and basic image of music.
God has blessed man with a vivid imagination, one that has created countless numbers of amazing stories, movies, and musical compositions. But God’s reality is even more astounding than our wildest thoughts!
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.
This is Heaven. There are countless numbers of angels worshipping God, for every moment of time, forever! The Apostle John cannot even begin to describe the immeasurable numbers of angels that are present, surrounding the throne of God. No metaphor or simile is needed. God’s Glory simply is!
The Bible does use imagery to convey the greatness and wonder of God. But sometimes, all that is needed is only the most concrete example of God’s greatness. Let your imagination grow from the reality of God’s Creation!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.