Circumstances

My hour has not yet come.  John 2:1-12 Unless Jesus steps in to serve the good wine, how do the guests know that something has changed; in fact a blessing is taking place? Based on Jesus’ response I sense some reluctance in his enthusiasm to help the wedding party. Yet, to ignore Mary’s concern would cause him to dishonor his mother. Dishonoring one’s parent is to dishonor God. On many levels and to the glory of God, Jesus knows that he must get involved even though at that point he perhaps believes his time has not come. The circumstances dictated otherwise. There are times when we must get involved, or move forward even when we feel as though we are either not ready or it’s simply not time. We don’t always get to decide. God’s glory comes on God’s timing. We may not always be ready. We just have to be willing to participate and receive God’s readiness to bless us.

“Days Of Old”

How often do we look back on the “days of old” and wish for certain aspects of our lives to be possible again? When Joseph and Mary, after a days journey found there son not among the group returning to Nazareth, any parent could imagine the overwhelming fear of having a lost child not realizing that his destiny was beginning to come into fruition. Having been told the prophecy on his life, surely not at such a young age would they have to accept that his childhood would be forever changed? I know for myself I loved the infancy stage of my children’s life. However, what is most rewarding for me is seeing the flashes of maturity, as they get older until they reach the fullest manifestation of God’s purpose in their lives. At birth, Joseph and Mary knew that Jesus was, is, and would be today the fullest manifestation of God’s purpose. Yet my guess is, Joseph and Mary weren’t ready and would have thoroughly enjoyed the occasional flashes of maturity. They wanted their little boy along side with them as long as possible. The question for us today is now that we know, are we ready for his return within us? Are we rising or falling on his every word? Can the childhood days of old really compare to the promise of reward in the life of the risen Christ?

Days of Old; The Prophecy; The Fullest Manifestation