S: After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and disciples. There they stayed a few days. John 2:12 (NIV)
O: After this (v. 11, “What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.) He went down to Capernaum with His mom, His brothers, His disciples – His friends and stayed there a few days. Sitting here this morning, I can’t help but think about this moment – the moment after the miracle.
I imagine Jesus and his disciples, brothers, and Mary traveling to Capernaum conversing, eating, drinking, laughing – living! This simple verse brings a realness to this miracle that is often overlooked. I mean, surely this must have been the topic of conversation, the catalyst to a series of questions about how He did it, what was next, and what it all meant.
And then, You, Jesus – I imagine You, patient and all-knowing, listening to their questions, and explaining things in that way You do that brings about even more questions, but questions with answers that can only be found by examining our own hearts. Answers that come in the quiet.
A: I don’t ever want to lose my awe of You, Jesus. I don’t want to rush past the moment after the miracle. I love witnessing Your miracles, God, but I treasure more the conversations You and I share about them – about You. The chats we have together in the quiet when no one else is around – the way You always listen and the way You lead me to understanding.
It’s the moments after the miracle that often bring me closer to You. It’s the moments after the miracle that I experience the “realness” of Your presence and the depth of Your love and patience for us. It’s the moments after the miracle that I see more clearly Who You really are, and it leaves me a little undone, but in the best possible way.
Even in the moments after the miracles, You don’t leave. You are still there with me. You are with me always. Always patient. Always good and kind. Always leading and guiding. Always love. Always God.
P: God, I am in awe of You. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for all the moments of my life – the ones before, during, and after the miracle – that reveal Who You are. May You glory be revealed in the moments of my life – giving witness to the One Triune God! To You be the glory forever and ever! Amen.
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