By Sandy Kirby Quandt
In Max Lucado’s book, Before Amen The Power of a Simple Prayer, he discusses Jesus’ first miracle recorded in John 2. Jesus’ mother, Mary, told her son the wedding feast was out of wine.
Max writes that Mary wasn’t bossy. She didn’t tell Jesus what to do. She wasn’t critical of the host. She didn’t blame Jesus for allowing the problem to arise in the first place. And she didn’t blame herself for the problem.
Jesus replied his time had not come, nevertheless, his mother told the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do.
Max suggests we are to be like Mary when we encounter problems:
- Identify the problem
- Bring the problem to Jesus
- Leave the problem with him and trust him
- Resist the urge to take back the problem
So I’m thinking … often we go to Jesus with our problems as a last resort, don’t we? We try to solve the situation on our own instead of going to Jesus first. Then once we do go to him, we try to tell Jesus how we want the situation resolved.
In his book, Max says Mary didn’t complain or accuse. She didn’t question why Jesus allowed the problem in the first place. Nor did she keep snatching it back and fret over it.
Mary identified the problem, took it to Jesus, and left it in his hands.
Perhaps it is time we do the same. What do you think?
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The wine supply ran out during the festivities, and Jesus’ mother came to him with the problem. John 2:3 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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