Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a total mom. We first meet her before Jesus was born. We're blown away by her faith to step into the calling to be the mother of Jesus, which wasn't a small calling by any stretch of the imagination. We see her along the way throughout the course of Jesus' life, from his birth to his death. But this is one story that has me laughing because I can even hear my own mom in her words.
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They're at a wedding in Cana. Mary seems to be helping out the couple and serving the guests. Something my own mom did at my wedding. She runs around being of service wherever she can. Suddenly, it comes to her attention that the wine had run out. What would people think if there were nothing for the guests to drink? That's when she turns to Jesus.
She tells Jesus the problem. He responds that it wasn't His time yet. And Mary does the ultimate mom thing... she looks at the servants and says,
She wouldn't accept no for an answer. She believed He had the power and the authority to do something and she fully expected that He step up and help out. She made the request known and then walks off, leaving these instructions with the servants. I don't know if you're mom has ever looked at you like Mary must have looked at Jesus. That "no, is not an answer. Do what needs to be done." My mom has. She might not have ever expected miracles from me, but she expected me to step up and do the very thing she knew I was capable of. Mary knew Jesus was more than capable. She left the problem in His capable hands and walked off.
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How many of us, when we pray, we try to convince Jesus to step up and do something about our problem? We not only make the problem known, but we beat the problem to death. Maybe we expect Him to take care of it a certain way, or maybe we think that He needs help coming up with ideas on how to solve our problems? We need to make our requests known and leave the problem (and solution) in His capable hands. We need to trust that He's got our problem taken care of. We don't need to worry and fret over whether or not He heard us. We don't need to worry and fret over whether or not He's willing. We don't need to worry and fret thinking He's incapable.
He's got this. Now walk away, friend.
Had Mary stuck around and tried to problem solve for Jesus, would she have ever expected that Jesus would turn the water into wine? Such a beautiful and simple miracle solved the problem. This miracle was done quietly, without fanfare. This quiet little miracle proves that God cares about our problems, no matter how big or small.
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Mary didn't know exactly HOW Jesus would solve this problem, but she knew that He could. By trusting that He was capable of taking care of this need, our eyes are opened to the amazing possibilities of how He can take care of our needs. We're also witnesses of the fact that our needs can be taken care of by out-of-the-box solutions. He isn't limited by what we can see. He isn't limited by what we can hear. The same power that created something from nothing on those first days of Creation was the same power that took care of the wine problem. That same power can take care of our problems.
So are you going to trust Him with your needs? Are you going to trust Him with your burdens?