John 2:1-11 (CEB)
Wedding at Cana
2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and2 Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They don’t have any wine.”
4 Jesus replied, “Woman, what does that have to do with me? My time hasn’t come yet.”
5 His mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby were six stone water jars used for the Jewish cleansing ritual, each able to hold about twenty or thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim.8 Then he told them, “Now draw some from them and take it to the headwaiter,” and they did. 9 The headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine. He didn’t know where it came from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.
The headwaiter called the groom 10 and said, “Everyone serves the good wine first. They bring out the second-rate wine only when the guests are drinking freely. You kept the good wine until now.” 11 This was the first miraculous sign that Jesus did in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.
Sometimes I’m a little slow on the uptake. Maybe it’s because I’m a guy, but I just don’t take hints very well. Just tell me directly what you want and what you mean. Early on in our relationship, my wife would drop hints, hoping that I would catch them. Well… Let’s just say that didn’t work out so well. Speak to me directly and I get it. I realize there are some social situations where she wants to tell me something and can’t, so we now have signals. Realize, I never give the signals. She’s created the signals, told me what they meant, and she’s the one that gives them. We developed our signals after real life situations where signals that were given were missed. She would have a look that says, “What do I gotta do to get your attention and get through to you?” In getting to know each other over the last 18 years, I’ve learned to read many of her signs, and realize now when I’ve missed them.
In Cana, at a wedding, Jesus performs his first miracle. Water into wine. John tells us that when Jesus did this miraculous sign, his glory was revealed and his disciples believed in him. He had their attention. They weren’t just following a good teacher anymore, they believed in him. Later, John would tell us the reason for writing this Gospel: John 20:30-31 Then Jesus did many other miraculous signs in his disciples’ presence, signs that aren’t recorded in this scroll. 31 But these things are written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s Son, and that believing, you will have life in his name.
I wonder sometimes if God has that same “What do I gotta do?” feeling when it comes to getting our attention. I believe that God still gives us signs. We just miss most of them. However, when we do see the signs, it helps our faith, it helps us believe. From our back deck, we get some amazing sunsets. This has been a sign to me that we are in the right place as a family, and a sign that that warms my heart, inspiring me to hurry home to be with my family. God has used these sunsets to get my attention.
1. What does God have to do to get your attention today?
2. What signs has God given you?
Prayer: Lord, reveal yourself to us today as you did to the disciples at Cana. Open our eyes to see your work. May these signs that you give us today inspire us to deeper trust and faith in you, to believe in you. Amen.