His signs ... revealed his glory.

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. -John 2:5-11 NRSV

It is so interesting how Jesus started his ministry. Not with much fanfare or hoopla. He didn't wave his hands over the water or say some magical words. He simply and quietly turned ordinary water into the best wine of the day. It speaks much about the invisible ways that God works in our lives every day. The steward had no idea what just happened. He was totally clueless about the miraculous source of the wine. All he knew was that the need was met.

I wonder if we are like that steward? How many times has God worked in secret, all around us, and we had no idea that his glory was being revealed to us? Could it be that we have also tasted this proverbial wine and had no idea that God was showing his glory to us? It makes me want to believe in him even more. And trust him with my ordinary water.

Open the eyes of my heart Lord that I might see your glory in the ordinary things of my life.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.


  1. Like you, I wonder how many times I've been clueless to what God is doing. It's probably a lot.


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