The miracle at Cana has never ceased happening. Every moment of every day Christ pours himself into the empty jars of our lives. He is the good wine; extravagant, abundant, endless. We can’t understand how it happens. We don’t know how it happens. We only know that it does happen. We’ve experienced it and witnessed moments when death is turned into life, sorrow into joy, and despair into hope. We’ve been surprised when fear was transformed into courage and we’ve seen people do things they never thought possible. We’ve done what we thought was impossible! We’ve known moments when empty lives have been filled back up.
(There is a repeating refrain here- a mantra – please, join in if you like …)
When the wine runs out and you are confused – but others are looking for answers – DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When the wine runs out, and troubles swirl about you so your head is a muddle … DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When the wine runs out, and your “umph” does, too DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When the wine runs out, and you know aridity and still you struggle to be upbeat … DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When the wine runs out, when a loved one dies or a friendship withers, DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When good intentions don’t fill the void but only seem to pave the road to you-know-where – DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When prayers seem to be unheard, listen closely and DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When your illusion of self-sufficiency is shattered and your spirit is empty and you shake your water jar and hear the sound of hollowness, don’t despair – just … DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When the day is a disaster, an embarrassment, a failure, grab your empty jar, fill it with what water of your tears and DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When the wine is running low, and no one else seems to notice, tell Him, and, then DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When self-doubt abounds and life seems meaningless, He is there: DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When life lacks vibrancy and the future is colorless, fill the jar with the water of common life, not bottled water, not Dasani or Zephyrhills water … the water of your everyday life, and DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When hope wears thin and faith is shaky DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When you’re filled with guilt for deeds left undone and offenses given, bend your knee and bow your head and, DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When you have more questions than answers, here’s an answer for any query … DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
When life is full of changes that threaten, lean into the One who is changeless, DO WHAT EVER HE TELL YOU.
When your best efforts fall short and your life-glass looks more than half-empty, breathe deeply and, DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
“They have no wine,” Mary said. But they will. The miracle always begins when the wine gives out. Regardless of how it feels or what we think about it, the day the wine runs out is the beginning of a miracle. Christ does not simply refill our glasses. He transforms our lives, turning water into wine. That which was colorless becomes vibrant. That which had no taste now tingles the tongue. That which had no fragrance now has a full bouquet.
Simply remember this – plant it in your heart: when the wine runs out DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.