Struck with awe, they said, “We have seen incredible things today.” (Luke 5:26)
When did you last witness an incredible act that filled you with awe? It is easy to forget that our seemingly monotonous and busy schedules are filled with God’s mighty and gracious acts of love and mercy. Today’s scripture readings remind us that God’s righteous gifts are abundant in both the small and significant aspects of our lives.
I most often experience God’s love in nature, as I marvel at vast snow-capped mountains or listen to the simple trickle of a stream. Isaiah 35 invokes the imagery of nature to express God’s generosity. “The steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers…Streams will burst forth in the desert.” While these examples of God’s love abound in nature and our daily lives, Jesus calls us to not only recognize these moments, but to allow God’s divine acts to fill us with awe and wonder, for He is mighty and glorious.
Today’s Gospel reading from Luke encourages us to let astonishment seize our lives. Rather than just tell the paralyzed man that his sins are forgiven, Jesus commands him to “Rise and walk.” Why? So that we can witness the glory of God in action and fully recognize his power, mercy and grace. Not only did Jesus heal the paralytic, but for the witnesses, “Astonishment seized them all and they glorified God.”
May we recognize God’s peace, mercy and grace in our daily lives and allow our hearts, minds and souls to be filled with awe and wonder at His mighty acts.
Carley Tucker, Class of 2017, is a Regional Comparatives Studies major in the School of Foreign Service.