Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wonder and Amazement

But Peter said, "I do not posses silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the Name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene-walk!"...And the people saw him walking...and they were filled with wonder and amazement.

Acts 3:6, 10

Reading the story of how Peter healed a lame man in the strength and power of Jesus Christ was moving, but what really stood out to me was the response of those who had known of this man's history. From birth this man was lame. Each day he was taken and set down at the temple gate to beg for his daily bread. After his miraculous healing, the people "were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him." 

After reading this, my mind began to question the last time I had been filled with "wonder and amazement." When was the last time I remember seeing or experiencing someone being healed? Being a nurse one would think every day, and in reality this is true. But what saddened me was that in the presence of every day miracles, my soul's vision and ability to experience "wonder and amazement" lay shrouded under daily doubt, grumbling and complaining, and attitudes that reflect my inability to see opportunities in trials. Yes, God still performs healing miracles of mind, body, and soul daily, but I had allowed daily disappointments to blind me to His glorious, healing presence. 

How about you? How different would your influence be if you would open up the window of you soul to view the daily miracles of God's healing and grace? How different would your attitude be if you chose to praise God "in all things" in place of complaining and grumbling? What if instead of doubt you saw possibilities? When is the last time you were filled with "wonder and amazement?" What is clouding your vision to see the every day miracles that God performs?

God still performs miracles. Jesus Christ still heals. The ability for us to see these daily acts of healing lies in where we choose to place our focus. Today, I am going to choose to see the miracles and healing of life all around me, regardless of how small or seemingly insignificant. I will choose to remember that Christ died so that I may live eternally in His presence. How about you? Choose this day whom you will serve-Be saved and be filled with "wonder and amazement."

Today, Father, remind me of the every day miracles you perform. Fill me with thanksgiving. Heal my hurts. Restore my hope. Fill me with the wonder and amazement of You. Lord, today, I am filled with "wonder and amazement" that You love me, a sinner. For this alone I stand amazed. Amen!