“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2a).
Scripture’s account of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana is compelling. Jesus loved a celebration. Although He felt that his time to manifest God’s glory had not yet come, He knew His Father’s heart that the celebration not be spoiled.
Jesus and water are themes throughout Scripture.
Immediately after His baptism in the Jordan River, Satan tempted Him in the wilderness for 40 days. The anointed waters of baptism surely nourished Him to resist.
When adversities pound into my life, I am exhorted to: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1: 2),
How can I count the daily afflictions “as joy” had I not the strength of the Holy Spirit’s blessed presence–a wine transforming my watered weaknesses for God’s purposes? It is a surrender impossible without my trust in Him.
My life, no longer full of vitality that I once knew, can cause me to feel much like the jars of clay filled to the brim with plain water. Though water is life giving, when celebration is the dress for the day, what am I to do with the feelings that I have been left out?
I can remember Mary’s words to the servants at that Cana feast. “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).
God asks me to trust the miracle of His living water within me, more powerful than wine, but also the fruit of the Vine I cling to.
God trusts me! Best I keep learning by trusting Him so that I can can be ready for His transformational miracles that will change my life.
Prayer: Lord, only You have the power to make the changes in my heart and life that will most richly honor You. My heart’s desire is to be still and to let Your power unfold miraculously. Amen.
About the Author:
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. Since 1983, she has lived with vestibular dysfunction: constant dizziness, sessions of vertigo and related side effects of nausea, balance problems, neck and back pain, visual tracking and eye fatigue. She is a breast cancer survivor having gone through surgery and chemotherapy treatments in 1987-88. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. Do visit her blog at .http://lynnseverance.blogspot.com
How do you cling to the Lord during times of greatest challenge and allow Him to know how much you are trusting him? Have you experienced a time when what God did for you was as miraculous to your eyes as His changing water into wine? Share with us, if you can.
Lynn shares with you about the video she hopes blesses you. “It takes time for the changes, the ones that make the deepest mark, to transform us. Surrender is difficult. It takes a patience that we cannot accomplish on our own. As we trust the Lord, we can let Him know we trust Him to be working in the stillness of our hearts. In song–here is a prayer to image this message. – Lynn”