I snapped this photo on my way back from North Fork Road in Three Rivers, Ca. on Monday afternoon. I messed with it a little to give it a dreamy kinda look. So, yes it's supposed to look like this. :)
I went totally "old school" Monday and prepared my message for the Revival I'm speaking at without the use of a computer. I found a secluded spot on the Kaweah River, spread out my Bible and notebook on a blanket, and just spent a few hours with the Lord. The sound of the river was so peaceful and soothing.
Here's where the Lord took me...
The next day Jesus' mother was a guest at a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus' mother spoke to him about the problem. "They have no more wine," she told him. "How does that concern you and me?" Jesus asked. "My time has not yet come." But his mother told the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Six stone waterpots were standing there; they were used for Jewish ceremonial purposes and held twenty to thirty gallons each. Jesus told the servants, "Fill the jars with water." When the jars had been filled to the brim, he said, "Dip some out and take it to the master of ceremonies." So they followed his instructions. 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. "Usually a host serves the best wine first," he said. "Then, when everyone is full and doesn't care, he brings out the less expensive wines. But you have kept the best until now!" (John 2:1-10)
I spoke about Jesus' first miracle at the wedding of Cana. He turned the water into wine. The thought that was on my heart was "What To Do When The Wine Runs Out". Jesus was there at the wedding when the wine ran out, but he didn't become the focal point of the story until the wine ran out. Jesus is everywhere, omnipresent, but we don't usually need Him until we need Him. Does that make sense?
Here's a few other ways to put this. What do you do when the luck runs out? What do you do when the party's over? What do you do when you are running on empty? What do you do when you've hit rock bottom? You get the picture! We all have found ourselves there haven't we? It's so good to know that God is there and ready to refill us when the wine runs out. What do you do when the wine runs out? Many times God is our last resort.
When we do call on Him to refill us, He fills us with new wine, that is far superior to what we have ever tasted. The Master said in the story that most grooms would serve their best wine first and then bring out the cheap stuff, but he marveled that in this instance the best came last. I think many folks are satisfied with things the way they are until they finally taste what the Lord has to offer. When we finally run dry and call on Jesus to refill us He fills us with life like we have never experienced.
The Key to being filled when have run empty? Mary, the mother of Jesus, makes it as clear as you can get. She said, "Do whatever He tells you to do". Has the wine run out at your party? What is God telling you to do? Why aren't you doing it?