During Friday’s second round of the Chevron World Championship golf tournament, something extraordinarily amazing took place—and then was compounded. Paul Casey made a hole-in-one on the par 3 12th hole, and that is special. But, then Bubba Watson, on the par 5 16th holed our from 280 yards away in the fairway for the rarest achievement in golf—the double eagle, or albatross. Then, Watson’s playing partner, Anthony Kim, eagled the same hole! That means that the two competitors (Watson and Kim) played the 16th hole at 5 under par! That is a amazing thing indeed.
When I think of the word amazing in spiritual terms, however, it is a far more significant thing. I think of the words to one of the most beloved hymns ever written:
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Twas blind but now I see.
To think that a holy God would love us so much that, in grace He would extend to us forgiveness of sin and relationship with Himself as members of His family—now that is amazing! The apostle Paul wrote:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Amazing grace, indeed! Standing with God and position in His family—all ours by the gift of His grace. That takes the concept of amazing to a new level—an eternal one. If you don’t know Him, you can receive His grace today, but placing your faith in Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. To know the Creator of the universe personally is truly an amazing thing.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain