Amazement!

Happy surprised manI am amazed at what great lengths people will go to for a free gift or money. In the past, I have endured a sales pitch in order to win a free TV or an overnight stay somewhere that always looks much nicer than it is. I do like to get something for nothing. I know better, but I will still try, much like the next person.

I’m also amazed at how people follow other people and give them celebrity status. If a guy or girl can play a sport really well, we give them special status. If someone is really wealthy we treat them quite differently than another person who doesn’t have as much wealth.

Jesus amazed people with His teaching – His Presence. He didn’t play a sport that I know of and He didn’t have a lot of wealth. His teaching was powerful and moved people. He did heal people from what was often a terminal disease – leprosy. He also healed other diseases and casts out evil spirits from people possessed. People were moved His teaching and His power to heal. Check this out…

27 Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!” 28 The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee. (Mark 1:27-28 NLT)

I sometimes take the Lord’s Presence for granted. I read His Word almost every day. I talk with Him throughout the day. I participate in corporate worship each week with the church. I realize that not everyone in the world does this each week. I’m still following Him so closely that I’m not as amazed as I should be. When I stop for a minute and look carefully at Who He is and what He has done – I’m truly amazed.

I want to continue to be amazed at Him.

I want to continue to notice what He is doing in my life.

I want to continue to express my gratitude to Him for my life and loved one.

I love this old hymn: I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) by Chris Tomlin

I want my life to bring glory to Him because I live in amazement at all that He has done and all that He is doing in me and around me.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Overwhelmed

 

God's mercy at the CrossThere are times when what I see, hear or experience is simply overwhelming. I don’t always have words to describe what I saw or heard or even experienced. It’s at those times I should probably not say anything. I should try to just take it in. Sometimes there are simply no words to describe or put into proper perspective.

The Queen of Sheba came to visit Solomon because she had heard of his wisdom and wealth. She brought her entourage to Jerusalem to see for herself. She had some questions that she wanted to ask and he answered them all. She was blown away. Check this out…

6 She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. 7 But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. 8 How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! 9 Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.” (1 Kings 10:6-9 NIV)

The Queen of Sheba really blessed Solomon – she really seemed genuinely impressed and blessed to have made the trip to visit with him. She noted how blessed the people were who worked with him in the castle. She also realized that the Lord was responsible for his wisdom and wealth.

I need to take notice every day of all God is doing. As I reflect on my journey, I realize that He is with me and has been with me. I believe He has protected me from myself at times. I also believe His Presence has helped me navigate through some very hard times.

When I reflect on the Presence of God in me, I am overwhelmed at the thought that He would live inside my heart and bless me beyond words. Wealth and wisdom are much more that money and fame. Wealth and wisdom bring calm through chaos. I can’t help but sing when I think of how the Lord has blessed me many times over. I also remember that wealth and wisdom are not the end game. The end game is to know the Lord and to walk with Him daily. No matter how wise or wealthy I become, it’s nothing without Him front and center. He holds the keys to eternal life and I can’t take my wealth with me and I’m not sure my wisdom will be significant in eternity. I have a feeling that I won’t need words.

I really like the song by Big Daddy Weave that expresses much of what I’ve tried to say…     Overwhelmed

Pressing On!

Dwayne

The WOW Factor

Wow Surprised Word Astonished SurprisingI love being “wowed” for the most part. There are some surprises that are a bit annoying. I love it when a person who is serving me or my family “over delivers”. I am impressed when someone goes above and beyond their job description or “call of duty” to serve with extraordinary skill and care. There are doctors and nurses whom I’ve seen in the past do this. There are police officers, firefighters and other public servants who really deliver the “wow factor”.  This “wow factor” can be seen in many areas of life. I’ve seen the “wow factor” that God delivers. I’ve seen Him show up and show off His Power and His Presence.  In the Revelation to John, the “Wow Factor” was certainly present and I can really imagine John trying to find just the right words to describe what He was seeing. Check this out….

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. (Revelation 21:2-7 NIV)

 

The Power and the Presence of God is a game-changer. He gives me a hope and a future that is most definitely a “wow”.  I have experienced His Power and His Presence here on earth in this life. I know He is Present and Involved in my life. I can talk to Him and seek His Council on each and every decision I face. I also believe He is preparing a place for His family (followers of Jesus) to spend eternity with Him. I believe that to be in His Presence in Heaven will be beyond the Wow Factor. Sometimes words simply fail to adequately describe what I’m feeling or experiencing. I believe that Heaven will be all of that and more.

I want to notice His Presence and His Power in my life today. I don’t want to miss anything He’s doing. Because He lives in me and works through me – I want others to experience the “Wow factor” when they see God in me. I don’t want them to be impressed with me, but I want them to be impressed with the Presence of God in me. He is the epitome of “Wow”!

Pressing On!
Dwayne