A few years ago I was really feeling stuck and there was no one that I could call that could get me unstuck. I was in the midst of yet another job layoff, trying to make ends meet, still searching for purpose, and overall just feeling like there was no hope in sight. Have you ever felt that way? As men we don’t admit those feelings but I would bet that all of you have felt that one at one time or another.
As a licensed pastor with the Assemblies of God and soon to be ordained I am still not where I want to be but what I have learned, sometimes the hard way, is that I am exactly where God wants me to be. For years I have been asking, seeking, and knocking and for years doors have remained close. I continue to work a regular 9-5 job while I wait and wait and wait and wait on God to open THE door for me. It’s not how I wrote the script but it’s the script that has been written, for now.
The first recorded miracle that Jesus performed was turning water into wine. I’ve read this passage a thousand times and it was just a story to me, until a few years ago. Here it is:
The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons.[b] 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.
9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”
Here are three things that the Lord opened my eyes to:
1. “They have no more wine” = There was no hope!
Until Jesus stepped onto the scene there wasn’t any hope of there being anymore wine. They could not run to the local Costco, there weren’t any ABC stores, and a caravan of camels would not be delivering any fine wine from France. Where do you need hope? Do you need hope in your marriage? Do you need hope for your future? Do you need hope in your finances? Do you just feel hopeless? If you have not accepted Christ as your Savior you can do that now and have eternal hope. If you know Jesus all you have to do is put your manly pride aside and tell him that you need him. He’ll show up and he will bring hope!
2. “Fill the jars with water” = He is always at work behind the scenes.
Right now, Jesus is making intercession for you and for me to God the father. He is pleading our case day and night. All of our prayers have been received and all of our needs have been made known. The people at the wedding ceremony had no idea that a need had risen. No one knew that they were out of wine except for Jesus, Mary, and the servants. I want you to be encouraged to know that he is working things out on your behalf before you even need anything. Doors will be opened when you need them to open and doors will close when they need to close. Don’t stop praying and don’t stop believing. You cannot see what he is doing but he is working all things out for your good.
3. “But you have kept the best until now” = The BEST is always yet to come
This wine that the wedding host tasted was so good that he interrupted the groom on his wedding day to tell him. He has tasted cheap wine and he had tasted good wine but he’s never had anything like this. Just one touch from the hand of Jesus, just one word from his mouth can change your situation from bad to good to the best ever. You might be sitting in a jail cell but know the best is yet to come. You might be in the middle of an illness but the best is yet to come. You might be on the verge of a job layoff but there will be a better job for you, soon.
There is always HOPE when Jesus is on the scene, he is always at WORK behind the scenes, and the BEST is always yet to come!
Jamie Zirkle currently resides with his wife and son in his hometown of Winchester, VA. He is licensed with the Assemblies of God. Jamie continues to serve as a lay leader in Victory Church while he waits on God to open the next ministry opportunity for him. You can read more articles from Jamie at his blog (http://jamiezirkle.wordpress.com/) and connect with him on LinkedIn