Have you ever faced a problem without a clear solution to pray for? Jesus’ Mom did. Her friends were out of wine at their wedding feast (which was a substantial issue considering the structured nature and social implications of such celebrations). She knew who to go to, but she asked nothing. She didn’t ask Jesus for money to buy more or help with crowd control; she simply said this:

 “They have no wine.”

Then Jesus replied: “Woman, what does your concern have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”

And Mary declares:  “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

(John 2:3a-5b NKJV)

At this specific point, the solution was still unclear. And even after Jesus gave the instruction to fill the pots it still wasn’t clear because the miracle of the wine didn’t happen until they drew out of the pots. Sometimes, life can present us with similar moments. Situations can arise where there isn’t a clear direction to pray for and those are the times to simply share with Him, then wait for the next word. And the next word may be something less-than-miraculous like; “get up from your desk and take a walk”, “make a call”, or “say I’m sorry”. After that, the solution may come, but you have to draw the water first, then wait for what’s next.

About cchrisholland

...husband, dad, pastor, teacher, and chronic day-dreamer
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