Anyone else singing Lonestar now?? You’re welcome.
So I have a question: What amazes you?
When I thought about the things that amaze me, here are a few that came to mind:
I mean seriously, what is weirder than having another human being growing inside you? I remember watching both boys contort my belly into crazy shapes as they turned and moved inside me. Every time I was amazed by it. Last night, after finding out that some friends were on their way to the hospital to have their first baby, I was showing Jace photos of when I was pregnant with both him and Tanner.
Who is in your belly there, me or Tanner? Well who’s in your belly there? (multiply this question by 36)
Now show me the pictures where you’re in MY belly.
I’m afraid that’s not how it works Jace…
It doesn’t take more than a beautiful sunset to have me standing in amazement. I love going to beautiful places and basking in the creativity of the architecture and landscape. Living in Colorado has provided plenty of those moments, especially when we venture closer to the mountains.
Even the beauty of the seasons right out my front door is breathtaking when captured at the golden hour right before the sun sets.
My grandfather was an artist. As a young girl, I remember spending time with him painting and watching in amazement at how effortless he seemed to move his brush against the paper. I, on the other hand, would take every bit of effort I had to meticulously move my brush in an attempt to recreate one of his masterpieces. I am amazed at artists whose talent seems to be as natural as breathing to them. To this day, I have such an appreciation for artwork of all kinds. I have one of my grandfather’s paintings hanging in the kitchen and it brings back fond memories from my childhood.
And some less than noble things that amaze me
- Food – I’m a bit of a foodie and could do on and on about a good meal.
- Animals and/or small children with crazy talents (think viral YouTube video worthy)
- Magic tricks
- The power of makeup. (Have you seen Kandee Johnson transform herself from a stunning woman to the likes of Edward Scissorhands?? Ah-mazing.)
- Households where the kids outnumber the parents. They must have some kind of superhero tactics going on there.
The truth is, I’m not that hard to amaze. Plus, I’m nobody important really. Still, if I’m over at your house for dinner and am amazed by your cooking skills, I’m sure you would take it as a compliment. Even be a little flattered. But imagine how much more impact that amazement would have if it was coming from someone who was a master at the subject. Say, a world renowned chef? Suddenly that amazement has a little more power.
When it comes to faith, the Bible says that Jesus (all GOD, all man) is the author and perfecter of it. What kind of faith would it take to amaze the AUTHOR of faith himself? The kind of faith we should stop and take note of.
Only once does the Bible say that Jesus was amazed, or marveled at the faith of a person. (Except when he was amazed by their lack of faith…that’s not good) So I decided to read into the story of a Roman soldier, the centurion, whose faith made even the son of God take notice.
5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer[a] came and pleaded with him, 6 “Lord, my young servant[b] lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”
7 Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”
8 But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. 9 I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! 11 And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. 12 But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13 Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.”And the young servant was healed that same hour. Matthew 8:5-13
Two things that stood out to me regarding this man’s faith:
He got who Jesus was.
He seemed to understand and fully believe in the power and authority of God, represented in Jesus. “For some of you, your Jesus is way too small. He’s just a helper, a counselor, a comforter, a friend. He’s not Christ. He’s not ruler, Lord, savior, God, king, and judge. This man, the centurion, the soldier, he understands who Jesus is. “I understand chain of command. You’re at the top. Creator, that’s who you are.” That’s who Jesus is.” (Mark Driscoll)
He didn’t need a “sign.”
Too often I find myself asking for some miraculous sign when seeking guidance, much like the people who Jesus rebuked for lack of faith. I play it off like I just really need specific reassurance that I’m moving in the right direction, or making the right decision. The truth is, deep down I usually know what I should do, I just lack the faith when there are so many unknown variables. I’m really saying, “God, I want you to come down here, present yourself in human form, and straight up tell me what I should do. A detailed text would also suffice.” I’m seeking certainty, not faith. Jesus told the centurion to go back home, and the man believed him with no proof other than his word. The same word he believed to have authority over sickness and disease, even when not in close proximity to the person needing healing. Sometimes I don’t take Jesus as his word. I want just a little more proof, and a little less risk.
If you are like me and feel like your faith is lacking at times, I highly suggest checking out this FREE devotional on the YouVersion Bible app. Its Called Steven Furtick: Sun Stand Still and is 5 days long (a short reading/scripture each day). My favorite day is about audacious faith. He says that “audacity isn’t the absence of uncertainty or ambiguity. Audacity is believing that God’s promise is bigger than my perhaps.“ He says that we can have two thoughts in our heads: Nothing can hinder the Lord and perhaps the Lord will act. I wonder if in the centurion’s mind there existed both belief and “perhaps.” If he had doubts, but acted anyway. “Audacious faith does not eliminate doubt and fear. It eclipses their power one decision at a time.” (Steven Furtick, Sun Stand Still)
I pray that I can have faith like this centurion, and believe Jesus is big enough and not need all of the answers in order to step out in faith.