Wednesday, November 13, 2013

the One who makes me blush

He didn't use a magic wand.
No spells were cast.
Jesus' presence was enough.

And though the power belonged to Him alone...he invited others in.
He invites us in...
  to be part of the miracle.
Just like that faithful servant who carried that pitcher of dirty water to his master {who happened to be expecting wine}, 
  in our simple obedience his glory is is born.

In a moment...a miracle can happen.

Water to wine.
Old to new.
Problem to promise.

A traditional Jewish wedding promised to be a joyous occasion with enough food and wine to last for days.  Running out of wine would have been a major problem.  The promise of a grand celebration would go unfulfilled.

There are gaps that exist between the problems we face and the promises of God.  What will we fill them with?

Anything besides Jesus won't hold up. 

Not self-help books.
Not food.
Not drink.
Not TV shows.
Not trips to tropical destinations.
Not the quest for knowledge.
Not even our friends and family.

If the bridge between our problems and God's promises is built with anything else but Him we will never get to the other side.  
We will never experience the transformation from old to new.
We will never taste the fruit of obedience through suffering.
We will never move from a watered down version of life to the rich fullness of who we were created to be.

Jesus' sole purpose in coming to this world was to lay his life down like a bridge for us to cross....
   from our problems to His promises.

If we invite Jesus into that space between our problems and His promises, 
He will fill it with miracles and 
He will fill it with meaning.

No magic wands needed.  No book of spells.
The miracles of God are his glory manifested...there is no greater power on heaven or earth.

Capturing the beauty of the conversion of the water into wine, the poet Alexander Pope said, 
"The conscious water saw its Master and blushed." 
That sublime description could be reworked to explain each miracles. Was it any different in principle for a broken body to mend at the command of its Maker? Was it far-fetched for the Creator of the universe, who fashioned matter out of nothing, to multiply bread for the crowd? Was it not within the power of the One who called all the molecules into existence to interlock them that they might bear His footsteps?

The same Jesus who turned water to wine, who brought the dead to life, who fed thousands with a meal meant for ten, who walked on water...
that same Jesus wants to bend time and space and matter for you too.

Whatever problem you are facing today, believe God for a miracle in the gap between that problem and His promises...
Invite Him into that space.  He won't wedge his way into a gap that you're already filling with something else.

Walk obediently in the life He has called you to, even when you don't feel like it.  Don't let your problem be an excuse for compromising your faithfulness to your God.  Hint: you'll want to open up your Bible for this one.  Here are a few places to start - Galatians 5; 1 Corinthians 13

Prepare to be transformed.  As hard as it may be to believe - there is purpose in the problem.

No matter how big or small your problem may be you can stop searching for answers.  Every question you may have can be answered with one name...Jesus.

You can listen to my message on The Wedding at Cana HERE.
And you can read the back story about Lucy's diagnosis HERE.