So in Cana of Galilee, Jesus did his first miracle. There he showed his glory, and his followers believed in him. John 2:11 (ICB)
Ellie closed her magazine and threw it aside. She had been reading a six-page spread about some famous couple getting married. She saw the picture of the bride’s grand entrance and the look on the groom’s face when she reached the front. She wondered what it would be like to be famous like that and to have so many people paying so much attention to her life. And she thought about the vows they made to each other in front of so many witnesses and in the presence of God.
Ellie went to the cupboard in the entertainment center where Mom kept her wedding album. As she thumbed through the pages she thought about the wedding she had just read about and the wedding that her parents had. Her mom didn’t have a fancy dress with a long train. There was no limousine waiting outside the church to take them away. Her dad had on a simple suit, not a shiny tuxedo with tails. But he did have that same look on his face, gazing at her mother, that she had seen in the photographs in the magazine. What happened?
Mom had explained to Ellie how we had an enemy on earth who liked to deceive people and trick them into believing the wrong thing. She told her how Satan sometimes blinds people to the truth or makes their vision so blurry that they can’t see things clearly. When Satan has someone blinded, they often trip over things, make a mess and hurt people. They don’t mean to hurt them; they just can’t see where they are going. Right now her dad had that blurry vision. Because he couldn’t see things clearly, he sometimes made a mess of things and hurt people.
Mom had told Ellie about the promise the Lord had given her to heal and restore their family. But she also told Ellie that they had some work to do, too. They needed to pray for Dad’s salvation and that the Lord would help him to see things more clearly. They needed to practice and live forgiveness every day for anyone who was hurting them. They needed to have faith in what Jesus could do and believe that nothing was impossible for Him.
Ellie’s mom had told her the story about the first miracle that Jesus worked. It was at a wedding in Cana. It was common to drink wine at weddings in those days but at some point they ran out of wine. Mary, Jesus’ mother, saw this and went to tell Him about it. Even though Jesus told her “My time has not yet come,” He still chose to do a miracle at that wedding. He took ordinary water and turned it into extraordinary wine. It was so good that they asked the bridegroom why he had saved the best wine for last. Ellie’s mom had talked about how Jesus has the power to change anything. He can take ordinary water and make it into the best wine and he can take blinded and deceived people and make them into the best children of God.
When he tasted it, the water had become wine. He did not know where the wine came from. But the servants who brought the water knew. The master of the wedding called the bridegroom and said to him, “People always serve the best wine first. Later, after the guests have been drinking a lot, they serve the cheaper wine. But you have saved the best wine till now.” John 2:9-10 (ICB))
Ellie thought it was kind of cool that the first miracle Jesus performed was at a wedding. Jesus had seen a need and done a miracle to meet it. And now, over 2000 years later, Ellie and her mom were praying for that same kind of miracle in their own family, that Jesus would take something not so good and turn it into something great. Ellie knew in her heart that Jesus loved her family and wanted the best for them. And she had no doubt that His best was yet to come.
“Lord, you are great and powerful. You have glory, victory and honor. Everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you. The kingdom belongs to you, Lord. You are the ruler over everything. Riches and honor come from you. You rule everything. You have the power and strength to make anyone great and strong.” 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 (ICB)
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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