A Kindred Spirit in Mary
I love mornings! They are THE best part of my day – get up early, hop on the treadmill for 25 minutes, do a few stretching exercises, and then settle down in my red chair with a cup of wonderful smelling Hazelnut coffee and God’s Word. It’s the best!
The Word says that the Bible is living and active, and it is! Sometimes things truly jump off the page at me. Like yesterday morning in the book of John. I often use a parallel Bible and read most passages in both the NIV and the Message. I just like thinking about verses in slightly different ways as it seems to make the meaning bigger somehow.
So I was in John 2 where Jesus delights the wedding guests by turning water into wine. Remember that it is Jesus’ mom that is encouraging Him to make things happen – to help the poor bridegroom out so he does not look bad by running out of wine. But read with me what Jesus said to His mom… and then what she does in response.
First, read the NIV:
“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Now read the Message:
Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother-yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.”
She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.”
Read the second line again from the Message: She went ahead anyway…
Honestly, I started chuckling, and I couldn’t stop smiling for the longest time. I thought, Oh man, Mary, do we have something in common! Now I did not necessarily think that it was a good thing that we had THAT in common, but I did feel a bit more of a kindred spirit in Mary! I could identify particularly with her being a mom and wanting to make sure her child handled things “perfectly” even to the point of “helping” things along. If you are a mom you can probably identify with that as well. We have this fierce love for our children and deep desire to see them do well. So sometimes we have a tendency to “help things along” whether or not we have been invited to do so. Now I’m not advocating this course of action, but simply admitting my predisposition to do so.
What about you? What response did Mary’s comments trigger in you?
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