March 13, 2023

Check back each Monday for a short devotional with Chaplain Art Pace to help you start the week off well. 

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

John 2:5

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was an extraordinary woman, as this verse illustrates. These are the last recorded words of Mary in the Scriptures. But they are profound.

Mary and Jesus are at a wedding reception, which lasted for days, and the hosts ran out of wine. This was a significant issue in that time. Mary turned to Jesus and made him aware of the situation. It is clear that she trusted that her Son would do something about this predicament. She does not know what Jesus will do, but has faith in her son who is also the Son of God.

Mary then gives this order to the servants nearby: do whatever my son tells you to do. Jesus will go on to have the servants fill jars with water which he will miraculously turn into wine.

Mary knew that Jesus cared about all concerns in a person’s life, no matter how small, and that in his perfect will he had a solution. She did not beg nor badger Jesus. She made her request and walked away leaving her concern in His hands.

Our Christian lives will be all the stronger if we obey the last words of Mary: do whatever Jesus tells us to do. We should give our concerns to our Lord, let them go, and then go about serving Him, standing at the ready to act when Jesus tells us what to do.

What concerns do I have that I have not released to God? How willing am I to do whatever Jesus asks me to do?

My loving Lord, I know you care about everything in my life. I give you my worries, and stand ready to obey your word to me. Amen.