“We are all limited to five senses (that we know of), and we must live in and interact with this world, with art and language that is much too big for us. But we also have imaginations and a creative impulse of our own. We watch, we study, we try to translate and understand the enormity of the story going on around us. We try to process a play that has been written by the infinite for the infinite.”
— N.D. Wilson
I love what Wilson expressed here. The stories we write and the stories we read reflect back elements of a greater story. Through our stories, we grapple with things beyond our comprehension.
We have the opportunity to engage with the eternal things God has set in the heart of man and bring our small glimpses of them down to earth. For me, reading and writing fantasy opens a window into these things.
Though we view through a glass dimly, God reveals so much of His nature and eternal purpose to us. And He has given us the ability to imagine and create. As Wilson said, by these means we interact with the great story God has written, a story that unfolds through human history and beyond. It’s a gift given to those made in His image.
If you’re not a writer, how does the creative impulse come out? And if you do write, how does the knowledge of the greater story influence your work? Any other thoughts?
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