Living Out the Ordinary with Faith

Last Sunday at church, the gospel reading was John 2.1-11, the wedding at Cana. At the wedding feast, Jesus’s mother Mary tells Him that the wine is finished. Turning to the servants nearby, she says, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2.5b) Mary knew well from her youth the blessing of submitting to God.

“Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them to the brim.” (John 2.7)

An ordinary task. They submitted. Which is the way of a good servant….

“And he said to them, ‘Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.’ So they took it.” (John 2.8)

Another ordinary task. Drawing water.
But the next step was more challenging – to take the drawn water-poured-into-the-jar to the master of the feast.
I wonder. Did the servants hesitate? Did their hearts race? Imagining how the master might react when they hand him the water.

Submitting to Jesus, they went and offered the water.

“When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew)…” (John 2.9a)

The servants knew where it came from. They didn’t know Jesus had turned the water to wine – until the master of the feast put the cup first filled with water to his lips and announced it as the best of wine.

THE POWER OF GOD.

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I’ve been pondering this in light of our role as moms.
Sometimes we feel like we’re trying to submit to God. Seeking His guidance for teaching and training our child, for conversations, discipline strategies, etc.

Yet we don’t have the water to wine experience.
We get discouraged.
“Why didn’t something happen?” “I’m not seeing any change.”

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… “Do whatever he tells you.” 
Believing WHO GOD IS, live the day.

Through the ordinary of every day, God ordains opportunities for us to practice submitting to Him. To faithfully serve up water to our children.

He will turn it into wine.
He will open their eyes. He will turn their hearts to Him.

Thank You, God!
Open our eyes and our hearts to the simple ways that you want us to love and lead our children. Help us to learn to listen to You and then submit. Grow our hearts to trust You. Amen.

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