this is a guest post from my enthusiastic, energetic, encouraging, delightful roommate Miriam who i wish was never moving out, but unfortunately in June she has to return to germany.
here was an insight she got the other night. you may need to read the passage in John to understand what exactly she’s talking about. it’s a beautiful story.
So the other day, we were talking about how things happen in our life, that we don’t deserve and how our life can be that good! As we did devotions on this day we were reading from the gospel of John 2:1-12 where Jesus turned the water into wine.
And it just came up to my mind, that the wedding is actually our life! We try to have the best of everything: A pretty dress, a handsome husband, a loving family, the close friends and of course good food and delicious wine! We try so hard and we are convinced that we will have a perfect wedding and it will be the best day of our life! Well I am not married, but I dream about these things.
On this particular wedding, something really bad happened, they ran out of wine!
So if the wedding is our life then we try our best and we are so proud of all the things that happens. We give all we have and we try to get the best out of everyday! But wait…they ran out of wine..is there a chance that our life isn’t perfect? That we need more than just ourselves to fix this? This couldn’t be planned, there was no plan B! There is a new situation that is about to turn the beautiful day in a nightmare! This is when Jesus comes in!
Jesus took the water jars, that were used for the Jewish rites of purification (what we try to make ourselves clean and pure with) and fills it with water!
We can’t give him anything but water that is all we can effort by ourselves! We try to take wine, and it kept us in a good mood and we thought we achieved the highest we can with it but actually all we have is water! Nothing special, just plain water! Everyone can get this from the well! No one comes back from a wedding talking about the good water they drank! If they had extraordinary wine on the other hand..that would be something to talk about and to remember!
So Jesus takes the water we have and turns it into wine! A better wine that we can ever have! The steward was surprised, why they didn’t gave out the good wine in the first place?
Yes Jesus, why did we have to wait this long for the good things to happen? Why do you give us the wine less good first? Wait…you didn’t gave us the bad wine? We got this ourselves? You only took what was left, what we could afford and changed it into good wine?
Wow…How come? Did we deserve this? Yes! Why? Because you love us! WOW!
Lord I am so grateful for all you have done for me! You can change our lives for good! When we try everything we can and didn’t came to what we wanted…you take what is left and restore it for the better! Thank you!
One more thing: The guests didn’t realize that there was something going on. They were happy with the wine they had. The people that know where the ones behind the scenes! Its about what happened in the inside! Everyone is drunk, they might not even be able to see a change in our lives, there is no need to actually impress them anymore! We can do this only for us! God wants to restore us because of you! Not so you can look good in front of you family and friends, but only because of you! He wants joy for you and the perfect life he can give you!
Sometimes we might be at the point in our lives, where nothing is working out! We just can’t go any further and it seems like our life is broken! Especially our inside! It is like a wedding without wine! Then all we need is trust! Admit what you did wrong and ask Jesus to come in! He will take your life and turns it into the best wine! You can give out good wine and make the people remember you!