There is a famous story in John 2 about Jesus turning water into wine. I think it teaches us all something about the way God meets our needs.
Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. – John 2:6-8
I don’t know exactly how they filled the jars with water but it appears to me that they had 2 choices.
- They could carry the jars to the well and fill them up to the brim and carry them back, or
- They could go to the well with smaller pitchers, fill those up, walk back and fill the larger jars, and repeat that process until it was finished.
Either way, we’re talking about a pretty good amount of work.
I did some research and if you split the difference between the 20 and 30 gallons these jars held, you get 25 gallons of water, which would weigh about 200 pounds. So each of these jars, when full would have weighed 250 lbs or so including the stone jar itself.
So, they either carried six 50 pound jars to the well, filled them up and carried six 250 pound jars back, or they carried 1200 pounds of water one gallon at a time.
Often when I pray for God to do a miracle or answer a prayer I want it done RIGHT NOW. I’m looking for those “Suddenly” moments from Scripture, and He can do that. But what if God meets needs another way too?
What if the answer to your prayer looks more like a process and the miracle you seek takes more than a minute?
You pray and ask God to “fix” your marriage. You want it fixed by the time you say “amen” and open your eyes. But what if God is fixing it one counseling session at a time?
You pray and ask God to “help” your finances. You mean give me more money or lower my bills. But what if God is helping your finances every month you create a budget?
You pray and ask God to “give” you a promotion at work. You’re expecting the boss to offer you the job today over lunch. But what if God is teaching you some things in this job so you’re ready for that job 3 years from now?
Our miracles are usually the culmination of faithfully walking to the well time after time to fill up the jars, and carrying the heavy things because Jesus asked us to.
I think my favorite part of this story is when Jesus asks the servants to draw “some” out and take it to the master. Draw some what out? They had just put water in those jars, why would they give the master water? But they drew it out and the master tasted wine.
What you put in during the miracle isn’t what you draw out after the miracle.
Be patient. Don’t get frustrated. Do what Jesus is telling you to do and…
TRUST THE PROCESS.