Life Imitating Art, or God-speak?

by Rebecca Olmstead on November 4, 2013

in Promise of the Day

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Oscar Wilde once said, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”

Seeing the out-of-this-world technology on the original TV series, Star Trek, become reality has certainly raised a few eyebrows. But, what if it weren’t merely “imitation.”

Think about it. Somehow, out of the blue, these fantastical creations took shape in the mind of Gene Roddenberry and, through the process of dreaming (incubation), then verbalization, they became a reality on our TV screens. Some years later, in the real world, man is walking on the moon, and everyone and their dog has a “communicator,” called a cell phone.

Around six thousand years ago, this very thing happened on a grand scale, when God dreamed of a beautiful world, each creature, form, color, and nature taking shape in His imagination, and then spoke it all into creation.

So, did we develop imaginations in spite of God, or were we created with imaginations because of Him?

If the second is true, is it so great a leap to the possibility that He not only created our imaginations to bring the joy of creation to our lives, but as a means of communicating with us? A means of encouraging us to seek Him?

Recently, I’ve been amazed at the number of TV shows about individuals with supernatural powers. Shows like, Alphas, Heroes, The 4400, and others. What’s so amazing about this? Isn’t this just another phase in entertainment? Like the “law show” phase, the “medical show” phase, and the “cop show” phase?

Maybe. Maybe not. What I find so amusing is that it seems to be echoing the revelations I’ve been receiving in this season of pressing in to God. Dreams and visions of a generation who will rise up in the fullness and power of The Holy Spirit to lead the lost when the world system collapses.

As Peter told the people of his generation, the second chapter of Joel tells of an outpouring of The Spirit that will come in the last days. Jesus said in John 14:12,

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

What did Jesus do? He healed the sick, cast out demons, walked through walls, read people’s minds, foretold the future, transported from place to place, raised people from the dead. . . Hmm. Sounds a lot like TV.

And, like the TV shows, Joel 2 tells us that these gifts will be poured out on people regardless of social or financial status, race, creed, or anything else.

Unlike the TV shows, Joel tells us that the receivers of His gifts will be those the world thinks the least of: the very young, the very old, and servants. But not just any servants—His servants. Those who diligently seek to please God.

“For many are called, but few are chosen.”—Mathew 22:14

And, unlike the TV shows, The Bible tells us that those on whom the power and glory of God rests, will not run to and fro, wondering why they’ve been given such gifts, nor will they be touched by any enemy. They will have open communication with The Giver of All Good Gifts, and through Him, they will accomplish His will.

So, what do you think? Does life merely imitate art? Or is God trying to tell us something through the one thing that reaches beyond the confines of a church building?

What about all the other apocalyptic movies and TV shows?

Kind of makes you want to open The Bible and get to know The Author, doesn’t it?

God’s grace and peace be yours,

Rebecca

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