“Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, ‘They’re just about out of wine.’Jesus said, ‘Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.’ She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, ‘Whatever he tells you, do it.’ Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, ‘Fill the pots with water.’ And they filled them to the brim. ‘Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,’ Jesus said, and they did. When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, ‘Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now’!This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.” John 2:1-11 (MSG)
When you g0 to a gourmet restaurant, you expect top notch service and food. What if, as you are enjoying your evening, you walk by the kitchen to see the chef microwaving all the food? You would be shocked. Why would you pay more money to eat a microwave dinner that you could make yourself? When we microwave food, it often loses the flavor that it could have if it was prepared a different way.
The majority of Jesus’ life was not lived in the public eye. He acutely understood God’s timing and was not willing to force himself out into a ministry at the wrong time. Jesus never tried to speed up time; he wanted to use it intentionally. When they were facing a situation at a wedding, Jesus’ mother, Mary, knew that Jesus had power to change the situation. Although Jesus performed the miracle, he was in no rush to do so. He was in no rush to force himself into the public. Although Jesus came for the purpose of bringing salvation, he walked with a quiet confidence that trusted God’s timing. It is so easy to want a microwaved life. We want to go into the microwave, take a couple of turns, open the door, and step out on the stage, start our own ministry, or land our dream job. Life is a lot more like a gourmet meal that takes time to prepare. God takes special care to make sure that you and I are prepared for each stage of the journey. God is just as concerned about the dark places in your heart that still need change. He doesn’t want your position or title undercut your walk with Him. So, instead of trying to speed up time, let’s use it intentionally.
Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.