AMAZED

Monday night my wife and I decide to stop by Family Christian Bookstore to buy our friends something for encouragement.  Little did we know, we were the ones to be encouraged and left amazed.  While shopping around the store, I met Rhonda, an OCC member who works at the store.  After a pleasant conversation and catching up, she suddenly exclaimed, “You must meet my friend.”  So after wrangling in my 2-year-old, I agreed and encountered a woman who redefined the word amazing for me. 

So, I met this young lady from Cuba in her twenties and when I shook her hand she absolutely wept and sobbed.  Not your sniffle, sniffle but I mean uncontrollable tears.  I thought something horrible had happened to her and began to prepare myself to be ready for a devastating story of pain and trouble.  But instead, this young lady through tears and shaking told me how on July 4 she was so lost and afraid that she didn’t know where to turn.  So she stopped her car in this parking lot and came running in a panic to this store.  Rhonda noticed her.

I JUST CAN’T EXPLAIN IT!

This young lady continued, “I ran up to her (Rhonda) and just said I want to know God, I want a Bible, and I just want to know why I am here and what I am living for.”  Rhonda, was amazed.  They all gathered around her, employees, customers, random strangers and everyone else in the middle of the store.  They all prayed together with her and guided her through Scripture.  This young lady began a new life with Jesus that day and she told me on Monday, “…the feeling of knowing Jesus in my heart was like nothing I ever felt, I can still feel it, I just can’t explain it.  It was… amazing.”

Luke 5:20-26

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

BUT NOW I’M FOUND

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I'm found.
'Twas blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Then when we first begun.

Scripture defines this word amazing ‘ekstsis’ as when “your mind is drawn off from all surrounding objects and wholly fixed on things divine… realities shown by God.”

FEEL HIS AMAZING GRACE

When was the last time you, like this young woman, realized God loves you and forgives you?  When was the last time His love and grace left you amazed?  What is more important right now than being amazed by the grace given to you from Jesus.  Why you spend the next 5 minutes in awe and prayer of what Jesus did for you?  My challenge to you today is to let your heart once again feel His Amazing Grace.