I giggled today when I ready the story in John 2:1-11 where Jesus performed his first miracle and turned water into wine. So many rich messages in this miracle, but today I noticed that even Jesus got a little push from his mom to perform his first miracle. Here's the conversation from The Voice version John 2:3-8.
Mary: The host stands on the brink of embarrassment; there are many guests, and there is no more wine.
Jesus: Dear woman, is it our problem they miscalculated when buying wine and inviting guests? My time has not arrived.
5 But she turned to the servants.
Mary: Do whatever my son tells you.
6 In that area were six massive stone water pots that could each hold 20 to 30 gallons.[a] They were typically used for Jewish purification rites.7 Jesus’ instructions were clear:
Jesus: Fill each water pot with water until it’s ready to spill over the top; 8 then fill a cup, and deliver it to the headwaiter.
Clearly Mary felt it was time for Jesus to use his divine powers (think skills and talents for us fully human folks), and evidently Jesus loved and respected her enough to do what she asked - even though "his time had not arrived. "
And so I giggled thinking about how Mary handled this situation, "Do whatever my son tells you."
There are times when we moms have to give our children a "push" to take the next step. Key to knowing when to push and when to hold back is knowing not only our children's skills, but also having their heart.
The books, Heart to Heart, are designed open conversations to share our hearts with our children and to hear and really listen to what is on their hearts. Then, with heart strings attached, we are in a place to influence and encourage our children to be all that they are created to be in life.
To learn more, go to www.firstfridayfriends.com/thebooks/