And the man studied her with amazement, silently waiting to know if G-d had crowned his journey with success or not. (From this week's Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, Genesis 24:21)
What caused Eliezer, Abraham's servant, such amazement? After all, Abraham had told him exactly what signs to look for. Rebecca conducted herself according to those exact guidelines. So why be amazed?
That is the unique property of amazement. A person feels it when something he was aware could potentially occur actually takes place before his eyes.
Intellectually, we know that Western civilization is disintegrating. Nevertheless, we are filled with amazement when the American nation once again elects the man who, more than anything else, represents the opposite of the values that made the US great.
In Israel, as well, we all know that the right arena for action is the Likud the leadership tool created by the National Camp. Nevertheless, the great progress that we have made continues to amaze us. We do not get carried away by superficial, short term successes. But we do feel a sense of amazement when we see our long-term term goals becoming reality.