Great topic, @Ashley_Barnett
I’m guessing the daydreaming you mean is taking place during free time - not when you’re concentrating on work or interacting with other people. If your thoughts are running away while someone’s trying to talk to you, then that really is a problem!
But assuming that the daydreaming is when your mind isn’t preoccupied with anything else, then I’d say that daydreaming is, in a sense, rehearsing for life.
We’ve heard how top athletes will think through a sports move - they’ll practice it in their mind in order to improve their game.
Well, daydreaming is something like that. You hear about a situation, and you run through in your own mind what you’d do in the same circumstance - or, at least, what you hope you’d do.
And, sometimes, the daydreams may take fantastic twists - but that’s nothing more than “sprinkling sugar” over the plot. It’s making allowance for the sense that this world is a duller reflection of a greater, more fantastic story that we’re really a part of.
Sometimes people will say that the Bible is a fairytale. They mean that to criticize the Bible. But I would say that it rather exalts fairytales! The “gospel glimmers” hiding inside fairytales are what their beauty, wonder and mystery are spun from.
In Ravi’s book, Can Man Live Without God, is a chapter called, The Romance of Enchantment. In it, he explores the elements of fairytales - which are powerful folk parables of a super reality beyond this one.
Ravi writes, “In Beauty and the Beast, the moral is that you have to love something before it is loveable; in Cinderella, it is the exaltation of the humble; in Sleeping Beauty, it is that one can be blessed with all that life offers yet still be cursed with the reality of death, and that death itself can be softened to the effect of a sleep, ultimately vanquished by truth.”
Jim Ware’s book, God of the Fairy Tale, encourages us to see such stories through “Christ-colored glasses.”
Fairytales endure because gospel elements are woven throughout them: our longings all come true; we frogs become princes; our rags of sin become robes of glory; big, bad wolves land in the boiling cauldron; miracles happen!
A cunning evil seduces the gullible princess into biting the cursed fruit – but death isn’t the end of the story. Remind you of anything in Eden?
A handsome prince slays the dragon and raises his true love with a kiss – like those asleep in Christ at His coming.
The Ugly Duckling is despised because the other ducks don’t recognize his true nature. But the duckling with no form nor comeliness to be desired ends up being full of grace. Sound like Anyone you know?
Cinderella, the rightful heiress, sees her father’s estate highjacked by an evil step-mother (as Adam’s world is stolen by Satan); she’s an oppressed serf in her own home (as Satan tyrannizes us now); her nobility is hidden by rags of bondage (as sin mars God’s image in us). But she becomes the Princess Bride at last!
I would call all of this, The Gospel According to Cinderella!
“Once Upon a Time” tales touch us on a primal level. They stir something deep that wishes the tale would come true – highlighting that this world, our lives, how things are isn’t how they should be. Every fairytale reveals an evil afoot that must be overcome.
And the youngest, littlest, most awkward underdog often emerges the hero: Clumsy Wart pulls the sword from the stone; David slays the giant; Frodo destroys Sauron; a Nazarene Carpenter defeats Satan.
These tall tales tackle Biblical questions.
Where do we come from? We look insignificant now, but some Wonderful Beings know the secret – we’re really children of a great King temporarily under a curse – they follow his orders to guard us from a sinister enemy!
Why are we here? To slay the dragon, break the curse, rescue the damsel, save the world!
How should we live? Pursuing the quest; obeying the King, Sage or Wise Woman; courageous despite the ogres; wielding the supernatural gifts bestowed for epic moments.
Where are we going? To live happily ever after!
What’s the setting? A dark and stormy night when mystical creatures, good and evil, roam the world’s Enchanted Forests (our fallen creation). But the curse can always be broken, and that’s the fairytale’s great quest.
What’s the plot? A fair damsel foolishly touches a spindle, opens a forbidden door, a locked box, bites a poisoned apple – somehow violates a warning (remember Eve?) – she’s imprisoned by the dragon, sleeps 100 years, or otherwise suffers the wages of sin – until the handsome Prince in shining armor on a white horse slays the dragon, breaks the curse, marries the maiden, and they live “happily ever after.”
C. S. Lewis called fairytales, “good dreams that God sent the human race.” And in the end, Christ makes all good dreams come true!
So I say, dream on, @Ashley_Barnett!
But…just do it constructively. And not on the job. Or while others are talking!
I hope this helps.