God’s Help and a Little Imagination

Christine Duncan

School is stressful. As we juggle friends, family, sports, and assignments, we tend to forget that God is our provider, not only for food but for everyday tasks as well.

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In high school, I experienced the promise of Psalm 37:23–24 in a practical way. I was given an assignment to create a self-portrait. At first, I stumbled around, trying to depict my personality in sunsets and silhouettes. Nothing I tried seemed to work, and time was running out.

Finally, I took a completely new approach in which I tried to visualize God’s importance and influence in my life. At this point, I had little time to finish the project; but God blessed the creative process and my search for images and made completing the project possible. When we use our gifts of creativity and imagination, God upholds us—and sometimes our grades.



The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
Psalm 37:23–24 (NIV)

PRAYER: God, we thank you for providing all that is necessary for your work to be done. Give us imagination, creativity, and the blessings of your love. Because you are with us, we don’t need to worry that our tasks or problems are bigger than our resources. Thank you. Amen.

Image courtesy of Christine Duncan

—from devozine (January/February 2016). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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