The picture is of me listening to the storybook lady on our radio. Little Girl undoubtably was listening too.
Now, at the opposite end of life, I am a storybook lady, too. And I still have imaginary friends. I spend hours, months, even years with the characters in my novels. And I create their world.
Sometimes, their world is more appealing than the one I really live in. Life here is difficult. Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble." (John 16:33) And the older I get, the more I know this to be true.
We all have our ways to escape. My husband watches sports on TV. The players are his imaginary friends on Sunday afternoon. I know many people who love to lose themselves in a good book. My sister is a biking fanatic, biking outside in weather I won't even send my dog into. Whatever your "imaginary friend" is, don't feel guilty about escaping to another world for a short time.
Just don't forget to return to carry on with whatever God has called you to do in this world. "You are the light of the world." (Matthew 5:14) This world, with all of the troubles, needs you, not an imaginary friend.