Creativity Devotional – Imagination is More Important Than Knowledge

Multnomah Falls

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

~Albert Einstein

Thought: When I visited Portland, Oregon a few years ago my husband, Butch, took me to see the sites around the area. One of the places he wanted me to see was Multnomah Falls.  I was very impressed with the waterfall and really enjoyed hiking to see the other waterfalls in the area.  The beauty of the cascading water was mesmerizing. I probably took a hundred photographs at different settings, hoping for that perfect photograph freezing the action of the flowing water.

My husband has lived most of his life in the Portland area except for the last ten years. He spoke of seeing the waterfalls frozen in real life. He remembered seeing the falls completely frozen once, but did not remember what year it was. I found it hard to believe that the amount of water going over the falls could actually be stopped by cold temperatures.  I tried to visualize that happening.  I used my imagination.

Butch even talked of people climbing the falls. I imagined again, but had a harder time with that one.

Well, we live in Portland now. Yesterday I got the chance to see how my imagination compared to the real thing.  The temperature has been below freezing in the area for several days.  The night before the news showed pictures of ice on the falls. So I had to go see for myself.  Driving to the falls I even saw people climbing a waterfall below the Vista House. Crazy!

My imagination did not compare.  The imagination was a preview, but the real thing was better. Of course, I don’t think that is what Einstein was talking about.



Thank you for the awesome beauty you bless us with on a daily basis. Your creations are incredible!  Thank you for frozen waterfalls.  Thank you for our imagination. Thank you for creativity. Thank you for guiding us in our creative path.  In Christ’s name. Amen.

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