Common Flow By Elizabeth A. Mitchell

Common Flow

“His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’” (John 2:5)

Sometimes we wonder what obedience looks like, how it might sound, and how exactly to do it when it is easier said than done. A few lowly servants illustrate it precisely at that miraculous wedding in Cana of Galilee.

The feast is in full swing when the wine dissipates. Mary is concerned and brings the problem to Jesus. At first it seems that Christ will do nothing to fix the dilemma; he responds curiously, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come” (John 2:4). Yet, something in his tone, something in the expression that passed between them, convinced the mother that her son would act.

She immediately instructs the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

They obey. The servants jump into action and fill six stone water jars to the brim. They couldn’t turn on a faucet to accomplish the feat but had to haul the 120 to 180 gallons from a well. That took time, effort, and energy. They didn’t necessarily understand what would result but obeyed anyway.

Jesus never commanded the water to change into wine. He did not wave his hand over the jars to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. His only commands were to the servants, to “fill up ” and “draw out” and “take to.”

The humble servants received the greatest wedding gift – not the bridegroom whose reputation was salvaged, nor the guests who were treated to the finest. The servants knew who had performed the miracle. They were eyewitnesses to the common water flowing into the containers and the delectable wine flowing out. They encountered Jesus by the jars, obeyed his voice, and would never be the same.

The next time the Lord asks something of you or reveals a new direction for you to follow, remember the wedding-­‐-­‐-­‐day lesson. Just “do whatever he tells you.”

Excerpt from “The Way There” By Elizabeth A. Mitchell

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