March 5, 2018

Do Whatever He Tells You

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 

“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servant, “Do whatever he tells you.”

John 2: 1-5 (NIV)

John’s familiar account of Jesus’ first miracle recently revealed itself to me in a new light. Paired with reading Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors, I stopped for a minute to really consider what was taking place in this moment in time referred to in John 2:1-5. The gravity of it being Christ’s first miracle is not lost on me, but I had never paused to consider the words of his mother more closely, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Mary had just informed Jesus that the wedding celebration was out of wine. Presumably, she believed he could be part of the solution. She knew her son.

Although he had not yet demonstrated a miracle to anyone, she was his mother and seems to have known that he had the power to fill the need.

He tells her it is not yet his time, and she accepts the response. Her response is submissive. She doesn’t press him or urge him to take action. But then she turns to the servants and encourages them to remain attentive.

In her book Daring to Hope, Katie Davis Majors supposes of Mary that, “Even though His response is not exactly what she wants to hear, she is still confident of what He can do, still certain that He will, in fact, do something.” (page 123)

How many times have I considered the global orphan crisis and felt frozen with the enormity of loss and poverty and inadequacy? How deeply have I felt the needs so far outweigh the solutions that the circumstances of an entire earthly demographic mirror the vessels filled with water where wine is needed as in John’s writing?

How I long to have the faith of Mary to keep watch! To stand firm in my belief of His adequacy with such conviction that I am even willing to tell others “Don’t turn away from this. Something will happen here.”

Perhaps we can almost see Mary wink as she tells the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” She EXPECTS that Jesus is going to do something even though His initial reply was not what she wanted.

In orphan ministry, we see brokenness and hurt in every direction. And the solutions? Maybe the healing doesn’t match what we want or the provision seems void entirely.

Personally, I remember feeling numb when Russia closed its doors to adoptions to the United States. How could this possibly be? Thousands upon thousands of children would suffer for a government’s decision.

But we cannot turn our backs, hang our heads, and walk away. This is the moment when we stand firm in our own belief that God is not finished yet. We share with others that there is more to this story. And we behold all that we might have missed had we turned away in resignation or defeat when the first answer was not what we hoped.

By Jennifer Caister
Board Member
The Boaz Project

This month, as we pray for the following requests from The Boaz Project, let’s express our belief that God is able and willing to answer each one:

Ask God for meaningful and fruitful ministry for a team from Taylor University traveling to Russia to minister to orphans March 24-April 2. They will hold VBS for children in three-four different children’s homes during their stay.

Please also pray for the resources needed to build a home for the boys of Bethel Home who are currently sleeping on the floor in a church hall.

Thank God for continuing to protect Comeback Ministry’s Home from the threats of persecution. You may remember that they were visited by a member of a militant Hindu group which has burned down churches and gotten pastors imprisoned. We have been praying since that visit for their protection. They recently invited the woman back to the home and shared the gospel with her.

Thank God for the generosity of the central Indiana Bible Clubs as they filled orphan gift banks. Ask God to work through this service project in a way that gives the students a long-term sense of burden and responsibility to care for “the least of these.”

What is one way you can demonstrate your faith that God is not finished yet and will eventually redeem our lost world?

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m a single father with 3 kids, from 3 different women. My oldest, which is 17 and my youngest both live with they’re mothers. And I recieved custody/guardianship over my 12 yr old! About 2 years ago, God himself restored my relationship with my sons mother! His work was not finished! Just a few moths ago God did the same for my daughter’s mother! His work can and will restore broken homes! I am a witness of that!

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