Not So Ordinary

Matthew 15:31
Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

What an amazing sight it must have been around those towns as Jesus walked among them and changed people’s lives in unbelievable ways.  These were multitudes of people whose lives were affected by what Jesus was doing.  People who couldn’t talk before were talking.  The unwhole were made whole.  The lame were walking.  The blind could see.  What transformations those were—certainly noticeable and talked about among the people as Jesus’ fame kept spreading.  How different their lives were now after being touched by Jesus, and it was all for the glory and God.  They could see and recognize and know that God was at work in their midst, and they rejoiced in that.

But did the wonder of it ever wear off.  Did that amazement over what Jesus had done in their lives fade as time went on?  Did the newness wear off, as it tends to do?  A few years later, when seeing and walking and talking had become so normal and ordinary, did they forget the miraculousness of those healings?  Did they remember that it hadn’t always been that way?  Did they take for granted the ways in which Jesus had transformed their lives?

And what about us?  Does our own transformation ever get old to us?  Does it become such an ordinary thing that we have been saved and redeemed by the blood of Christ?  That He has pulled us out of some dark place and into His light?  That He has forgiven every sin and that His Spirit dwells within us?  And so do we forget, then, after the passing of time, to praise and glorify God for what He’s done in our lives?  We’re not immune to these kinds of things.  Life goes on.  New things come along.  And the memories of those moments where God was so real and so alive to us kind of dim and fade away at times.

But there is always an opportunity to experience the touch of Jesus upon our lives again.  There are times to sit and reflect on how good God has been to us and give Him praise for those things we used to praise him for.  He is still at work among us, and if we refuse to let those things get ordinary, we can retain that excitement about what He is doing that thrilled our hearts so much the first time we experienced His love and mercy.  May we never lose the wonder of it all.  May we refuse to take it for granted.  And may we continuously glorify God for His amazing blessings in our lives.

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