Thinking outside the box

Published 3:51 pm Monday, October 16, 2017

By Karen Y. Stevens

Have you ever thought about the miracle of the wine?

Eleven verses tells us this entire story in John 1.

Mary is at the wedding of Cana with her son, Jesus. She tells Jesus they’re out of wine. She then tells the servants, do what He tells you. How did she know Jesus could do something like this, unless He had done things around the house growing up? Even though Mary knew in her heart that Jesus was the son of God and the Savior of the world, she still wouldn’t know that He could help with the wine, or would help with the wine, unless He had “performed” at home.

Jesus even told her, “Why do you involve me?”

“My time has not yet come”.

He says this to her knowing she would understand, and she doesn’t argue with Him. She just moves right along to the servants, and tells them to do what He says.

You know as a mother, she knew He had the ability to do things, because she had seen Him do things before. I never thought of Jesus doing miracles growing up, but He had to, or His mother would never had suggested that He take care of this task with the wine.

Mary knew her son well. She spent time with Him, talked with Him, watched Him.

I think this is the biggest point of this story that we often miss.

We need to know what Jesus is capable of, and even if the timing is off, He will still do what is ask of Him.

Also, this was not something easy for the servants. They must have known Mary, or they wouldn’t have followed her orders. They would have gone to the Master of the banquet, and told him “there is a wacky lady here telling us her son can solve our wine problem.”

We know the Master of the banquet knew nothing about the wine from water, because it says in verse 9 and 10 “and 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 10 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.”

I think there is another lesson in there that shows us when we think we have gotten the wrong thing, or a bad deal; not so.

Jesus only gives us His best.

Sometimes we just need to follow Mary’s lead, and expect great things from God, no matter what.


Karen Y. Stevens is founder of Orange County Christian Writers Guild