While Hans Christian Anderson waited to have a novel published, he wrote four fairy tales for children: The Tinder Box, Little Claus and Big Claus, Little Ida’s Flowers and The Princess and the Pea. None was original and all were adapted from folk tales. His non-pariel story-telling ability turned the four into folk classics.
Hank Ketchum got the idea for his famous cartoon strip when his wife stormed into his home studio. Thoroughly exasperated with their 4 year old son Dennis, who had dismantled his room instead of taking a nap, she shouted, “Your son is a menace.” That sentence became Dennis the Menace.
C.S. Lewis chanced across George MacDonald’s book Phantasies. God baptized Lewis’ imagination in that reading. The awakening would result in, among other masterpieces, The Chronicles of Narnia. As Lewis said, the rest of him naturally took longer to awaken. Shadowlands, p. 26
Al Jolson hummed a tune while listening to a playback of a record. The tune was J. Ivanovici’s “Danube Waves.” A friend told him he hummed that tune every time he waited to hear a playback. Jolson didn’t realize it. He did know his mom hummed the tune when she rocked him to sleep. They decided to write a lyric that fit the tune. Jolson gave the first line and his friend Saul Chaplin the remainder. It was published as the “Anniversary Song.” It sold millions of copies and made the two a fortune. Jolson by Goldman, p. 275
Creativity doesn’t demand extended exposure to an idea. Though it sometimes takes longer, an instant can fuel the imagination. Jesus proved the Master of seeing lessons in incidents where others saw only incidents. The Holy Spirit’s guidance gifts Christians to see spiritual truths in everyday life.
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