Water is the most common thing on earth.
Plain, clear, boring water. It’s not something we would call miraculous. Not something we would think is very special.
Lemonade? Now that’s special! On a hot summer day, nothing makes me happier than a glass of cold, sweet, lemonade.
Hot chocolate? That’s a treat! Give me a warm blanket and a steaming cup of hot chocolate, piled high with whipped cream and sprinkles, to cheer me up on a snowy day.
Wine? Bring on the party! Let’s dance and sing and raise our glasses for a toast. (Honestly, I’m not a fan, but wine certainly was the symbol of partying in Biblical times!)
But water is… just water.
It doesn’t matter to Jesus, though. He asks us to bring the water.
Jesus told the them,John 2:7-11
“Fill the jars with water.”
So they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them,
“Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.”
So they took it.
And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,
without knowing where it came from
— although the servers who had drawn the water knew —,
the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
“Everyone serves good wine first,
and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;
but you have kept the good wine until now.”
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee
and so revealed his glory,
and his disciples began to believe in him.
I bet those servers wondered what on earth they were going to do with 150 gallons of water at a wedding party.
But they brought it anyway. They filled the jars with water: plain, boring water. They brought it to Jesus, and watched in astonishment as he worked the miracle.
It doesn’t matter if we don’t have anything special to offer.
Jesus asks us to bring the water.
We don’t have to try to make our spiritual life fancy. It doesn’t need to be lemonadey or chocolatey or winey. It can be plain old water.
Whatever we have, we can bring it to Jesus, and bring it in abundance.
When he sets the jars in front of us, we fill them up. Whatever task, whatever ministry, whatever calling he places on our hearts. We give it all the water we’ve got.
We can serve our kids cereal for breakfast, dressed in our jammies with our hair in a bun. We don’t have to look pulled together in order to love.
We can throw quick prayers at God while we’re sweeping endless crumbs off the floor and folding endless piles of laundry. We don’t have to spend hours in deep meditation in order to pray.
We can learn about God by watching the snowfall our our window, or the animals scurrying by, or the breeze moving the trees. We don’t have to be intellectuals to know him.
Don’t worry about fancy. Don’t worry about perfect. Don’t worry about extraordinary.
That’s not your job.
Your job is to bring the water. Then watch, while Jesus works the miracles.
He’ll turn that water into wine. Or lemonade, or hot chocolate, whatever your preference.
He will turn your jammies into a stunning spiritual gown and your broom into a royal scepter. He will take your efforts to know him, and adopt you as his most beloved princess.
You don’t need to fear.
You don’t need to feel like you’re not enough.
Jesus accepts your gifts, just as they are. He transforms them. He turns our ordinary offerings into something glorious and miraculous.
And this is only the beginning.
Jesus has the rest of your lifetime to work his signs and his wonders. But it all starts today, with the bringing of ordinary water.
Look around your life for signs of his glory.
Begin to believe in him today.
Featured Five Takeaways
This is so great, because even though I know the historical context gives Jesus words different connotations than they sound to us, I can’t help but get that “How dare he” feeling every time I hear this Gospel!
Amy calls us to go deeper and discover the profound significance of Jesus’ words to Mary at the wedding feast.
I love that Mary (Haseltine) calls us to reflect on (Mother) Mary’s words in the Gospel. The power of her intercession, the beauty of her disposition – it’s such a stunning and deep passage!
I feel like I do a lot of nodding my head and mm-hmm’ing whenever I read Ginny’s posts. We moms are broken, flawed, and weak. But our children are sanctifying us without a doubt.
I will never NOT be inspired by these two. They challenge us again, today, to do our part – to fill the jars. We have to put in the hard work on our side, and God will do the miracle!
Claire reminds us to use prudence when driving to church on snowy days! We went last night, but a snowstorm and dangerous roads definitely lifts your Sunday obligation.
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