What does it take to astonish you?

In this day and age of overwhelming visual experiences, it takes a lot to make us say, “Wow!”.  At the Fourth of July celebration in Central Park, we could hear the “ooohs” and “ahhhs” as showers of brightly colored fireworks filled the sky. People quickly pointed out their favorites as the show went on.  At the finale, I felt myself getting overwhelmed by the sheer volume and intensity of the experience. It was almost too much to take in.

When the apostle John described his Revelation from God, he used everything he knew to try to communicate the mind boggling events he saw before him. He often used the words “like” and “the appearance of”. He said, “His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.”  Revelation 19:12

It is reported that Napoleon Bonaparte declared to General H.G. Bertrand, as recorded in “On St. Helena,” 1816: “Everything in Christ astonishes me. His spirit overawes me, and his will confounds me. Between him and whoever else in the world, there is no possible term of comparison. He is truly a being by himself… I search in vain in history to find one similar to Jesus Christ, or anything which can approach the gospel. Neither history, nor humanity, nor the ages, nor nature, offer me anything with which I am able to compare it or to explain it. Here everything is extraordinary.”

Are you overwhelmed and amazed by Christ? Do you find yourself nudging other people around you and saying, “Wow! Look at Him.”? This Sunday we’ll look at Psalm 96 as we continue our series, “Cries of the Heart; Psalms for Summer.” It’s an invitation not only to join in David’s wonder and amazement of God, but to bring others with us. “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.” Psalm 96:3

In Christ,


P.S. Please remember to pray for our Children’s servants as they “Prepare the Camp” for Vacation Bible School next week!