5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? (Acts 2:5-8 NIV)
God-fearing Jews were providentially gathered in Jerusalem. Used to the cacophony of voices and languages – and perhaps also to not having their language heard or understood – they were amazed when the disciples spoke in their tongues.
Galileans – why does that matter? Were Galileans untrustworthy? Would they be assumed to be uneducated, unworldy?
Why am I amazed as were these God-fearing Jews when God does something? Why am I surprised when circumstances come together at just the right moment for something awe-inspiring?
I am also often bewildered, bemused, confused.
God wants to overcome what hinders my mission in him, our mission as a church. God is bigger than divisions that are greater than language but extend to background and culture, worldviews, ways of seeing God that divide instead of unite.
And God is greater than my and our limitations of every variety: resource, opportunity, ignorance.
Holy Spirit amaze me! Make be wonder how such a thing could be – when it could be only from you! May every barrier be broken, may every limitation be proved irrelevant, may I grow today and every day in my wonder of what you have done to advance your mission – to share the Good News! In Jesus’ name, Amen.