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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Carry the water until in becomes wine

1The next daya there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
4“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
5But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons.b 7Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.
Heard this story from Dr. Kevin Elko, the most requested inspirational and motivational speaker in America. He uses the story of Jesus turning water into wine to illustrate a point of persistence. Jesus instructs the servants to fill each of the six waterpots to the brim. We would have to agree that these stone waterpots would be heavy when empty, and even heavier yet when full (the weight of the water alone in a full pot would be about 200 pounds). It does not appear Jesus intended for the servants to carry these pots away, dump them, refill them, and then carry them back. They are far too heavy for this, especially when filled with water. The disciples were puzzled.  Mary told them, "Do whatever he tells you."  They did as he instructed and low and behold, the barrels were full of the best wine.  Dr Elko's moral of this story, "just carry the water until it becomes wine!"  We can all apply this simple story to things in our lives, especially in our prayer life.  Just because you pray and God doesn't immediately answer. It doesn't mean the answer is "NO".  The answer may be "WAIT ON ME"..."carry the water until it becomes wine!"

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