The Reflective Light of Imagination

So I was at this dinner party the other day and had the chance to visit with an elementary teacher. I happened to know that he was also an artist. I’d seen a mosaic he’d done from buttons. This wasn’t your typical Vacation Bible School project formed from pinto beans and pasta noodles. It was the size of a wall in my home, elaborate, detailed, beautiful.

I asked him what art he was working on now, and one thing led to another and he told me the story of how he had worked with a group of students on a double-glass mosaic, placing glass on top of glass, so that one piece reflects the light of the piece behind it.

Mosaics are one of our earliest art forms.

Sometime in 64 A.D. Nero had his HGTV design team create mosaics on the floors and walls of his new digs, Domus Aurea, after an awful fire destroyed his previous palatial abode.

And long before anyone had ever heard of the Sports Illustrated Bikini issue, artists were pasting together girls in bikinis at the Villa Romana.

 

This teacher told me that he and a handful of students created a glass mosaic. Kids who up until then had been known primarily for creating behavioral problems in the classroom. He met with them after school, working off the clock, without pay, as artists and teachers have done since the beginning of time, I suppose.

While they labored over their artwork these kids were focused and diligent. There was no goofing around, no outbursts of frustration, no lagging spirits. There was only focus and creativity. And the accompanying pride that is always the result of creating.

It is when we use our imagination that we become the double-glass mosaic, creation reflecting the Creator.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein

 

So what sorts of things are you imagining?

 

 

About Karen Spears Zacharias

Author. Speaker. Journalism Instructor. Four kids. Three dogs. One grandson.

  • Anonymous

    Working on a YA novel. Exploring the theme of reconciliation.

  • Dtrcy1

    A book about a miracle my father experienced as a boy. My oldest daughter wants to illustrate it.

  • Sherwood8028

    Thanks for the quote. My 82+ years have proven – to me, the truth of it.

    Reminds me of the struggles I had to understand the older testament and then one day, I asked myself, “I wonder what it might have been like to have lived in those days” and then compared my thought processes to those I would imagine were the thoughts of the one I was studying. I continued that process for months until I came to what I believe was an even greater knowledge of what Jesus was saying in many of His so-called “hard” teachings.

    Life can be fascinating when we learn to cooperate with the whole of it.

  • Linda

    I imagine igniting a big bomb fire on the beach, the kind strangers are drawn to. I imagine joy, strength, pain, and patience being all part of the same household that receives each day as a gift.


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