Usually when something amazes you it comes as a surprise. Recently I watched Kobe Bryant’s last game of his incredible basketball career, and I was amazed. I was amazed because I was not expecting such an incredible game from the Black Mamba. But he surprised and amazed everyone when he scored 60 points in his final game.
Our church theme for the year is “Prepare to be Amazed.” Our church verse for this year is “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’— the things God has prepared for those who love him—" 1 Corinthians 2:9
Therefore, my encouragement for the students of Mariners HSM is this: expect God to do some amazing things!
Here’s something I want you to try. Think of three things that are on your mind that you’re stressed out about (for example: school, your sports team, your social network, etc.). God wants you to give those things that are making your anxious to Him. This is what the Bible says:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7.
Now here’s the hard part: expect that God will amaze you as you give your anxieties to Him. Too often I’m guilty of underestimating what God can do. But God loves to show us how much He loves us and how powerful He is. Therefore, expect God to amaze you. Reflect on the two verses above. What is it that is worrying you? Where do you need to see God come through in an amazing way? May we dare to have the courage to Prepare to be Amazed.