Read: John 2:1-25
Many years ago I was considering a large ministry position. I had a three-year-old and a one-year-old. Some cautioned me that my family was too young to take on this responsibility, but I felt like it was what God was asking me to do. The story of Jesus turning water into wine encouraged me to say “yes.”
The servants in the story were only told to put water into the jars; it was a job they could do. Jesus was the only One on the entire planet who was going to change that water into wine. I felt like my job was to put my time into this ministry God was calling me to, and God would make whatever wine He saw fit out of my children’s lives. In ten years of ministry, I only had two mornings where my children were sick, and I had to call in for help. That was a miracle. When my second child went to school all day, I remember thinking that serving for those years had enabled me to joyfully stay home with my kids. It gave purpose and meaning to my life outside of my home.
Many of you may be looking at your own lives and thinking, “I can’t do it!” Maybe you can’t. My first question would be, "Have you prayed about your schedule, and asked God for His direction?" Let Him put on your schedule what He wants on it and take off of your schedule what He wants to take off of it. If you feel like your schedule has been directed by God and are still struggling, maybe it’s time to focus on God and His resources and trust that He will provide in His time and in His way.
We all feel at times like we are out of whatever it is we need. We need love in our marriage or obedience from our kids or a good report from the doctor or just a good nights sleep.
At the wedding at Cana, they had just run out of wine, and it was a big deal. Weddings have a lot of expectations. Always have and seems they always will.
Mary discovers the wine is out. Somebody was about to be socially disgraced, so Mary tells Jesus. She doesn’t seem out of control or frantic. She just approaches Jesus, who is the one who can do anything about the problem. She focuses her attention on the One who can fix the problem.
Jesus doesn’t tell Mary if He is going to do anything or not. However, she prepares the servants. “Do whatever He tells you,” she says.
Are you willing to “do whatever He tells you?” Sometimes we get stuck because we want the to know the outcome. We want to know that whatever we are going to do is going to work out.
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
These servants are about to pour over 100 gallons of water into these six jars, and they did not have a water hose! I’m sure it was tedious, but they did it! Then after the mundane work of filling the jars, the miracle occurred.
"The master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”" John 2:9-10
Instead of social disgrace the bridegroom was praised publicly. I love that not only did Jesus make wine, but He made it in such a way that the master of the banquet was amazed.
The miracle of Jesus is that He is more than enough.
You and I can take on the day set before us because Jesus will provide. The call on our lives is to obediently and patiently pour water into the jars we have been given. Jesus is responsible for making wine.
Wherever you are today, just pour water into your jars. Be obedient to the callings and responsibilities God has set before you. He will make wine.
In your Going Deeper Participant Guide, let’s look at Day 3 beginning on page 8. Complete Look at the Details and Personal Application sections. Then come back here and share your answer to the following discussion question in the comment section below. (You can find the comment section at the bottom of this message. Just scroll down and you’ll see the words “Post a Comment.” Click there and share your responses.)
"Do you feel overwhelmed with your life right now? Why? or Why Not?"
My response will be in the comment section too, so I hope to see you there!
I'm glad we're going on this journey together! #undividedwomen