John 2:7-10. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.
Jesus can use whatever you have.
“We don’t have anything.” I stared at her face across the table, checking for any indication of sarcasm. But she didn’t flinch. Her words remained as solid as the concrete of the multimillion dollar building in which we sat, which happened to be across the street from both a school and a new apartment complex. She had told me about her dying church, how the good days had run dry, membership was at an all-time low, and the church building remained empty most of the week. She told me she was looking for hope but could only see dark days ahead. Meanwhile, my eyes darted out the window, watching parents and children and traffic pass by. There was so much potential. “What could God do here!” Shaking my head, I had to hold back the excitement. “If only you could see more than what you’re currently seeing,” I thought. "You have more than enough."
Jesus’ mother encountered a similar situation when the wine ran out at the wedding feast. Immediately, her eyes darted to the bottom of empty jars and cups, filling her with worry. But Jesus’ seemingly snappy remark to her observation changed something in her. Why SHOULD she involve Jesus? Perhaps in answering that question, her mind drifted back to that time thirty years ago when the angel told her she would miraculously give birth to a son. Suddenly, she began to see the problem differently. She began to see the possibility that with God’s help, what they had in front of them could indeed be enough.
And she began to see that Jesus is always more than enough.
When the road is rough, it’s easy to have a scarcity mindset. It’s easy to constantly see only what you don’t have, which then leads to the belief that there will never be enough — whether money, time, ability, food, people, emotions or something else entirely. But Jesus invites us to shift our focus from what we don’t have to what we DO have. What is right in front of you? What IS possible? How might Jesus do something incredible with it? Of course, once you can begin to see it, taste it, feel it, he will then instruct you to do the most difficult thing of all: give it to him.
On Today’s Road: Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, what DO you have? What has God given you, and how can you give it to Jesus to use?