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. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2: 8-10
The miracle that has been fascinating all of us ever since we first heard of it or read it has been the Wedding at Cana, mainly because it was Jesus’ first miracle that He performed on earth. But as I sat reading this story on a Saturday night, I realized it was more than just a miracle. I realized that this was a miracle that Jesus was not willing to perform. I understood that this miracle was a result of a woman taking on the responsibility of getting a situation fixed and her persistence in making it happen.
Surprisingly, nowhere does the scripture mention that when they ran out of wine, the family members of the bride or the groom did any kind of running around to get things sorted. It amused me that it was Mary, who was one of the guests at the wedding, who came to Jesus seeking help and not any of the family members. Did she really have to do that? What was her motive? Why did it bother her that something was lacking at the wedding?
All I could think of was, Mary might have seen the situation and understood the inability of the family members to get the problem fixed. It led her to step into the situation and take on the responsibility of setting things right. She knew exactly who to go to in a situation like this, even though Jesus had not performed any miracle yet. She knew who Jesus was.
Today if we find ourselves in a similar situation, how do we react? How many times has someone else’s inability to cope with his/ her circumstances, situations or struggle compelled us to do something, knowing that we definitely have an answer to their questions or their situation? Have we ever said, “Even though matter this does not concern me and I am in no way affected by it, I will still take the responsibility of fixing it”? There are only a few instances where I have said that. It’s the same for all of us.
We have always wondered why we are so far away from the supernatural move of God in our lives. The reason is we have not dared to step into difficult situations and said, “I take up this responsibility”. Mary did.
Jesus’ reply to Mary’s request was negative, but she still asked the servants to do what Jesus would ask them to do. We know what happened next. Water, filled in those 6 stone jars, was turned in to wine. It was Mary’s persistence that led Jesus to do something that was not part of His set schedule. When we take up a responsibility and are persistent towards completing the task, God does things before schedule.
I would like to encourage you all and myself that next time we see any of our brothers or sisters struggle in their inability to come out of their situation, and we know that we can do something to help them; we would take on the responsibility. God saw our inability in fighting sin so He took the responsibility of fighting for us. Remember when we take responsibility, God responds with His ability.