May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, LORD
my Rock and my Redeemer.
There are many things in life that we hold onto, our family, possessions, our hopes and dreams. But in many situations, we tend to hold on too tightly, protecting what we feel is rightfully ours. We often find that in a world of rushing about, with worries and cares too numerous to count, our hands are full, with no room to reach, grab, or hold anything new. Therefore sitting aside countless blessings which God has prepared for us.
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine." “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”, so they filled them to the brim. Then He told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and 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 and 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.” What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:1-11 (NIV)
Jesus turning the water into wine, was actually His example of touching our life of flesh, so that His spirit may dwell in us. The water was contaminated and therefore not drinkable. What we have to offer God is also contaminated and unworthy. Yet He loves us anyway.
He saved the best for last means that what we once were, we shall no longer be. For some of us it may take a life time to get there. The purpose of the journey we have been on, was to bring us to this place. Therefore, let us praise Him in the journey!
Because He inhabits the praise of His people. Psalm 22:3
Once we are emptied of ourselves, (as the stone water jars represent) He is able to transform us into who He would have us to be.
The wedding feast represents His presence. Until we are emptied, we can not be filled.
Many times we have tried to put new wine into an old wine skin. We think we are bursting with God’s love and knowledge on the inside. But we can only bring out the purity of Him, once the stuff we are hanging onto so tightly is given to Him, in the quiet place of His love and grace. It is there where we are emptied of self, that He can fill us with His presence as He desires.
No one puts new wine into old wine skins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wine skins so that both are preserved. Matthew 9:17 (NLT)
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)
As Children bring their broken toys, with tears for us to mend
I brought my broken dreams to God, because He was my friend.
But then instead of leaving Him, in peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help, with ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back and cried, “How could you be so slow”
“My child,” He said, “What could I do? You never did let go.
As you give it up and let it go, your heavenly father can take control.
He’ll make it and mold it on the potters wheel, if you will only just be still. Kathleen VonSeggern