Jesus’ first recorded miracle was at a wedding. It wasn’t a healing. it wasn’t a prophetic fulfillment. It was a personal gift, for a couple and the celebration of their marriage.
When I read this story this morning, I saw it in a different light than I’ve seen it before— I thought of all of the brides facing uncertainty during the Coronavirus pandemic. I thought of all the brides we’ve talked to that are having to delay or even cancel their wedding celebration they’ve worked so hard to plan, organize, and pay for. It made me think of the bride getting married this Summer— looking at her budget and wondering if she should order and send her invitations because she can’t afford to reprint if something happens. It made me think of the couple who has already waited a year — and is giving up their big day plans to elope so they can start their life together. It made me think of all the brides facing all the unknowns, and feeling like her perfect day is ruined. We feel for you. And we’re doing our best to walk alongside these brides as they make these tough decisions.
So when I read this story in the book of John this morning, you, bride-to-be, came to mind. And I want you to remember this today— Jesus is still in the business of working miracles. Not just healing miracles, not just miracles on a global scale, but little, personal miracles. He still multiplies, he still uses difficult seasons for a beautiful harvest. He still works all things together for the good of those who love him, and are called according to his purpose.
“Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.John 2:6-12
Your plans may change, but God is working in ways you might not even be able to see. Whatever your day ends up looking like, if he is there, it will be perfect. Keep your eyes on him and on each other, and let the One who turned water into wine work out the rest of your perfect day.