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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Our lesson today consists of just two words. They are found in the Bible, in the book of Jeremiah. One of the words may not be familiar to you, so we’ll talk about that.
The two words are: “Be astonished…” (2:12). What does the word “astonished” mean? Does anyone know? Can anyone tell us?
“Astonished” is a word you don’t hear very often. It means to be suddenly surprised, but even more than surprised. It means to be overwhelmed by something, often something very wonderful. When you are astonished you are amazed and speechless.
You may have seen a person put a hand over their mouth when they are shocked or astonished by something they see. People in England have another word for being astonished. They call it being “gobsmacked.” Almost like being hit in the mouth.
You may wonder why we are spending so much time talking about the definition of this word, “astonished.”
Sometimes we become too busy, or perhaps lazy, and we forget to notice what is around us. God has given us an incredible world and it is filled to overflowing with interesting, shocking, and beautiful things. We could talk endlessly about insects, fish, animals, trees, flowers, mountains, clouds, or snowflakes – each so intricately made. Think of your own body; how everything functions in a certain way to make you healthy and active.
We should be astonished every day, from the time we first open our eyes in the morning until we fall asleep at night.
Let the wonders of God’s world astonish you. Be gobsmacked!
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2014, Richard Niell Donovan