“…completely amazed…”

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“They were all completely amazed and praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” (Mark 2:12)

I was in a cemetery early this morning taking a photo of a statue.  I was struck by the lonely figure’s beauty in the swirling snow.  Then, just as I started to open my car door and escape the cold, I noticed one snowflake that had stuck to the housing of my side view mirror.  I was no longer merely “struck,” by something beautiful, I was amazed!  It was almost as if God was playing with me a little and saying, “You want to see beauty and wonder?  I’ll show you beauty and wonder!  Here, check out this itsy-bitsy precisely perfect snowflake.”

Sometimes I think the world is divided into two kinds of people — those who can be amazed and those who cannot.  I’m definitely one of the former.  I see and experience so many amazing things that God has prepared for me. These gifts from God send me into a state of awe and wonder — amazement.  Sometimes it’s the glory of something as simple as a snowflake.  Sometimes it’s the awareness of once fractured relationships that are now healed.  It’s an interesting experience, one that reminds me that at heart I am a child — a child of God, enjoying each amazing experience and eagerly anticipating the next one.  To be amazed is to be invited momentarily into the majesty of God’s love.  I forget about the “how?” and simply let go to bask in the “wow!”

How sad it must be to live without amazement.  I can’t even imagine, but I can invite.  I can invite those I meet in that awful state to open their lives to God’s amazing love.  I pray that God will help me always to be open in child-like amazement to the workings of divine love.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, WV

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~ by revgenelson on January 6, 2010.

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