17 Feb Flabbergasted
At two this afternoon a student came into my office and apologized for missing class. It seems that he overslept. The remarkable thing about this is the class started at 11:30. He told me he didn’t awaken until a classmate called him after class. That wasn’t until one in the afternoon. College students never cease to amaze me. I have learned not to take anything for granted. Today I discovered a student who really did not know how to use a paper clip! He had always used a stapler. Maybe my amazement level is very low.
I want to share something else that amazes me. When I read Colossians 1:16 – 17, I am beyond amazed, I am flabbergasted. Paul says, “For by Him (Jesus) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”
When I behold the intricacies of a crocus, when I peer into the dark brown eyes of my dog, when I try to grasp the complexity of the human mind, when I look at the delicate balance of the chemistry of a blood panel I am overwhelmed by this creator God who created ALL the things that are. This is the One who died for us. This is the One who became flesh and lived in poverty. This is the One who submitted to subhuman treatment on the cross.
Are you not amazed by such love? The story is so beyond belief it has to be true. No one would ever invent such a tale.
Written by Roger Bothwell on April 16, 2009
Spring of Life Ministry, PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574