On Monday I shared that had been to church a couple of times in the last few weeks. At both services I came away with a message that resonated with me. I already told you guys about the message from my brother’s ordination on Finding Joy in Your Calling. Now, let me tell you about the other message that stuck with me from the week before. This message was about how we all need a push sometimes.
So the week before my brother’s ordination I went to my regular church for service on Sunday. I attend Epic Church in Philadelphia. When I am inspired to blog about the things that I learn there I called them Epic Tales. This Epic Tale, about how we all need a push sometimes, came from a story in the Bible that most of us have heard of. The pastor preached from John Chapter 2 which is the story of when Jesus turned water into wine. Most of us have heard the story before but this time something stood out to me.
The pastor was focused on how the servants at the wedding party got to be part of the miracle but the guests at the party maybe weren’t even aware of the miracle. But that is not at all what stood out to me about the story. What stood out to me to me was the begining part in the chapter where Mary, the mother of Jesus, finds out that they ran out of wine. She tells Jesus and He basically said something like why are you telling me, my time has not yet come, meaning this wasn’t the time for him to start doing miracles. Mary like many mothers had a different plan for her son. That night she basically told the servants the Jesus was going to take care of it and he did. Jesus turned water into wine. That was his first miracle.
I never heard that part or read that part of the scripture before and it kind of blew my mind. I was like dang, Jesus needed a little push to get his first miracle done. He needed his mom to tell him oh no you going to do this, now is your time, and we’ve been learning about that story for centuries now.
This part of the scripture stood out to me because we all have things that we want to do in our lives. We have goals. We have creative endeavors. We have ideas and all kind of things that we hope to accomplish that for one reason or another we have not even started working on. We may be saying as soon as I make a certain amount of money I can focus on this project, or as soon as my kids are in school I can start this project, or maybe as soon as my kids graduate high school I can start this project. We have a variety of reasons for not getting started with the things that we want to do, the things that were called to do. Maybe what we really need is a little push. I mean if Jesus needed a push then we all need a push sometimes.
So what are you putting off? What goal, desire, or project have you not even started because it’s not the right time or circumstances aren’t perfect? Let this blog post be your push. Take one small step towards that thing, whatever it is. Maybe start with just writing down your goal and devoting 15 or 20 minutes sometime this week to working on it. Don’t waste time feeling bad or guilty about having not started just remember that we all need a push sometimes. Here is your push. Now go turn some water into wine. Now is your time.