Jesus moved on from there along the shore of the Galilee Sea. He went up a mountain and sat down. Large crowds came to him, including those who were paralyzed, blind, injured, and unable to speak, and many others. They laid them at his feet, and he healed them. So the crowd was amazed when they saw those who had been unable to speak talking, and the paralyzed cured, and the injured walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel (Matthew 15:29-31, Common English Bible).
And once again, Jesus is followed by large crowds. People flocked to him to hear him teach but even more to witness a miracle or perhaps have a miracle come to life before their eyes.
That’s what they got. They were amazed at all Jesus did. The lesson reminds us, “those who had been unable to speak talking, and the paralyzed cured, and the injured walking, and the blind seeing.” To see people’s lives dramatically changed right before your eyes is truly an amazing thing to behold.
The whole idea of being witness to a miracle is an amazing experience. It is something beyond what we can do for ourselves.
I know I have talked about the 2010 car accident Cindy and I experienced. Cindy had been driving. The other car, police estimated was moving about 60 miles per hour (10 miles per hour over the speed limit) square into the driver’s side door.
When the car quit spinning and came to a stop, I started asking Cindy if she was OK. At first I got no answer and it scared me. I knew I wasn’t OK but as I looked at Cindy, I truly thought she was dead. From thinking my wife is dead to actually see energy. With a broken hip she wasn’t going anywhere on her own. But, she was alive and that was miracle enough for me. I was amazed at what God did.
Another way God amazed me in all that was, I was in the middle of a planned sermon series when the accident happened. The next Sunday I was supposed to preach on miracles. I freely admit, at that point, I didn’t know what I was going to say. I didn’t preach the Sunday after that or the Sunday after that or even the Sunday after that. But, the first Sunday I was preaching again, I picked up that sermon where I had left off. I opened that Sunday by saying, “Three weeks ago I planned to preach on miracles. I freely admit, I didn’t have a clue what I was going to say. Now, after all the things we experienced over the past three week, I have a thing or two to say about miracles down. ” I was amazed by what God did.
How has God amazed you?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Peace,
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