I am not a wine drinker. At all. So when I kept returning to a story about wine, I became curious what the story held for me ….
Jesus and His mother are attending a wedding and the wine runs out. Weddings were a big thing then, often being a week long celebration. Running out of wine would be a huge source of embarrassment for any family. Mary comes to Jesus saying, “They have no more wine.” Jesus performs His first miracle transforming the water in the jars into wine. Now that’s the story in a very condensed fashion. You can read it for yourself in John 2:1-11.
Going back to read this for several days, I learned a few things and not about wine 🙂
- State the problem. Mary notices the empty wine jars and immediately realizes there is going to be a crisis for this family. She does not discuss it with the disciples or other guests. No Facebook or Twitter rant. She goes right to the One who can remedy the situation and tells Him of the situation at hand.
- The jars are filled. Jesus takes care of the problem – in His time, in His way. Nothing will destroy us quicker than an emptiness of our soul. It is then we often seek to fill the void outside of and apart from Christ. We need to take the burden off those around us and place it on the only One able to truly meet our needs.
- Repeat. We must come to Him each and every day to share our burdens and to be filled by Him.
Oswald Chambers wrote, “No love of the natural heart is safe unless the human heart has been satisfied by God first.”
May we be like Mary …
State our problem and then,
may He alone fill and satisfy our hearts.