Each day I wake up, one of the first things I do to start my day is to prepare coffee for my wife and I. For years now, my family has received dozens of coffee cups as gifts for all sorts of festivities. A matter of fact, if you were to go into my kitchen cabinets right now you will find an array of beautifully decorated coffee cups for any occasion. But, it is not the coffee cup that necessarily stirs up our early morning, but rather the taste of that which is contained within the cup that ignites our days for the past 20 years.
The Bible teaches us that on a special day - a wedding ceremony was taking place in a particular city. The host and guests were concerned by the lack of wine not present because it could have ended all the anticipated celebration in a sobering manner. Noticing that there was an opportunity to meet the needs of others - Christ resorted to gazing his eyes on six empty stone jars. These jars were designed by its potter for a particular purpose but were found empty, neglected, and adorning space rather than being utilized. When requesting that some servants fill these stone jars with water, it was miraculously turned into wine.
Aren’t we similar to these stone jars? Hardened by trials, drained by circumstances, and sometimes lacking purpose? But, the miraculous occurs when God pours the freshwater of His Word into our empty vessels, and converts our lack into plenty, our aimlessness into purpose, and our sadness into joy (wine).
Six Stone Jars!
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.