When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” Matthew 8:10 (NIV)
If you ever meet my son, you would love him. He is so sweet, kind, funny, loving, and just one of the best kids I know. He loves a good hug, he’s always trying to make jokes, his laugh is infectious, he loves to dance and sing, and wants to be a friend to everyone. He is, without a doubt, one of my most favorite people in the world. (Coincidentally, today is also his 7th birthday!)
A couple of weeks ago, we were enjoying a football game when the quarterback scrambled and leapt over a defender for a touchdown. It was one of those moves that they replay over and over and put on SportsCenter. With eyes wide my son exclaimed, “That was amazing!” It was amazing. But in that moment, I was more amazed by the genuine enthusiasm and wonderment from my offspring. It stopped me in my tracks. As I looked at him relishing the moment, all I could think was,
“I wanna be more amazed.”
We all witness plenty of astonishing things that happen every day, but for as many that are celebrated, how many more are missed? Oftentimes it seems like things have to be over-the-top exceptional to capture our attention. Maybe this is because we live in such a sensationalized world. Maybe it is because, when we have seen something more than once, it loses its luster. Personally, I can find ways to take what is marvelous and desensitize it with logic. I’ll take a beautiful sunset and minimize the beauty to nothing but particles scattering light rays to create color that is perceived by our eyes. Are you with me? Is this you?
And yet, when I am amazed, the world is a much more interesting place.
Innumerable stars brilliantly lighting up the sky at night. Amazing.
My children staring back at me, telling me that they love me. Astonishing.
The peaceful quietness of a perfect snow fall. Breath-taking.
Little seeds growing in the dirt to provide us food to live. Incredible.
As I was thinking about all of this, Matthew 8:10 just struck me; “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed.” Wait, what? So Jesus (aka God), the all-knowing creator of the universe and everything in it, was amazed? Surely, Matthew, you jest?! Tell me that this doesn’t blow your mind a little bit. God not only witnessed everything, he also created everything. Yet here he is, God incarnate, amazed at one man’s faith. This guy is one of billions of people who have lived on earth and Jesus stands amazed. Let that soak in.
I wonder how often God is amazed? Is he amazed at the same things that amaze us? I have no clue. I’d like to imagine that he is amazed about what we perceive as even the most insignificant of things. What do you think? I’d love to hear from you. Comment below and tell me what amazes you? Do you think God continues to be amazed by things? If so, what do you think they are? And as you go through your day, take time to be totally captivated by something in your world. I know my son will.