Sometimes I'm waiting for a miracle. I'm hoping, watching, praying, stewing, stressing...waiting for something really great to happen in my life, my work, or my service. I've got my eye on some prize and I'm just waiting for God to make it happen. My buddy Miles Furnish was teaching a couple weeks ago - and we were studying John 2, where Jesus performs his first public miracle - changing water into wine.
1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine." 4"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come." 5His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." 6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[a] 7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. 8Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.
Miles was pointing out that Jesus does respond to our prayers - and perhaps even more to our persistent prayers. The next morning, as I reviewed the passage again I saw something else jump out at me:
7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.
The servants did something. They didn't wait, they received instructions and they acted. According to the tiny italic type in my Bible, these six jars held a combined 120 to 180 gallons of water - weighing in around 1,000-1,500 lbs. I'm guessing that filling these jars required significant effort. The servants had to carry the jars to the well, draw the water from the well, fill the jars, and then carry each 225 pound jar back to the wedding feast for the miracle to happen.
That's a lot of work. Jesus performed the miracle. The servants? They didn't wait. They worked.
So, as I look at my work, my life and my service, and as I watch for a miracle, I have to ask, "Jesus, what do you want me to do?" I'm ready to fill the jars.