On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom, and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
– John 2:1-11 NASB
It’s fascinating to see that Jesus was not quite ready to do miracles but allowed Himself to be pressed into service out of deference to His mother and compassion for the hosts. It’s particularly striking to see Mary’s confidence that Jesus would help. That is, she didn’t argue with Him when He appeared to decline; she just went ahead and instructed the servants to be ready…for whatever!
It’s the “whatever” that is most fascinating of all. Through Mary, Jesus had come into the world and she had observed Him out of the public eye for three decades. Those thirty years of experience with Him prompted her to tell the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it!” It’s good advice for us, too, to do whatever He says.
Notice also that the wine Jesus produced was not “cheap.” It was better than what had come before it. So also is Jesus better than what comes before Him in the Bible.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, whisper to me what You want me to do today and I will do it as if You had shouted…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.