John 2:1-11 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” 11 This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. (NIV)
“Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)
Nike, one of the most popular sportswear manufacturers in the world has made a name through its catchy slogan “Just Do it.” I think this slogan is quite a reflection of many people’s attitudes in this generation. What does this mean to you? is life just about you; can we just do do anything without thinking about the consequences? Everything we do in this life has consequences. You can’t just do anything without thinking of the results of your actions.
Having said that, I also realize that there time when you have to “just do it.” This is one of the messages that the story at of the wedding at Canna teaches us.
Weddings are a big thing everywhere, especially in Uganda. So, let’s for a minute imagine ourselves at a wedding, where you are part of those serving the guests. Many people have come: your friends, relatives, and a few of your enemies (I wonder why those in the later category don’t just stay away). Just as you are mid-way serving the guests, the chief chef comes and tells you that food is over! How would you feel; so stressed, so disappointed and so shameful, right?
As you are still processing all that, some middle aged woman comes to you and tells you that there is a young preacher around and in case he comes to you and tells you anything, “just do it.” And just as the lady said, the young preacher comes and tells you to collect all the empty pots and dishes, set the plates and prepare the tables (again!) and invite the people to eat. You are so confused because you don’t see any signs of food around. You want to say “no” but you remember the old woman’s advice: “whatever the young preacher tells you, “Just do it.” Then, you decide to obey. You gather the pots, arrange the dishes, set up the tables and the plates, but there is no food. You go to the young preacher and tell him that you have finished doing what he instructed you to do, and then he tells you “tell the people to start serving the food.” Now you are more confused, you want to tell him that there is no food ….but then you remember the old woman’s words again: “whatever he tell you …Just Do it.”
Then you decide to do something insane; you make this announcement: “Hello everyone we have got more food!” All your other colleagues are looking at you and shaking their heads. “You must be crazy!” They say in their hearts but they fear to offend the young preacher. When one the stewards opens the dishes lo and behold there is plenty of food! But also the food tastes better than what was served before. Everyone gets surprised especially the owner of the wedding.
That’s my [imperfect] shot at retelling the story of the wedding at Canna. Friends all of us face crises in our lives. We become confused, stressed and frustrated. Whenever you get stuck in life, remember that Jesus is there. He is willing to give you a solution, even when that solution may seem to be stupid. “Just do it.” He may tell you that the only way to get healing from your painful past is to forgive those who hurt you. Just do it. Maybe the only way to find joy and peace is to let go of the things you are clinging onto: like relationships that do not please God, just go ahead and do what the Master is telling you. May be you are having a financial crisis in your life and God is telling you to give even the little money you have for the cause of the Gospel, just obey.
I don’t know what crises you might be experiencing in your life right now. Just obey the voice of Jesus. God speaks to us in many ways: through His Word the Bible, thorough Godly people like our parents, leaders or friends. Do not fear to share your struggles with people who care about you. God might use them to give you an answer to your questions.
And remember: Whatever Jesus tells you to do: “Just Do it.”