Water Into Wine

Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. — John 2:11.

You must be thinking that after yesterday’s events I went off my January cleanse to be thinking about turning water into wine. I was tempted for sure, but I held firm despite a thousand different emotions including depression. So what does turning water into wine have to do with yesterday?

I find it interesting that Jesus chose to bring pleasure to a wedding couple and their families as his first miracle. He didn’t part the Red Sea, move a mountain, or overthrow Herod. He chose to bring a simple comfort to “reveal his glory” and there’s a message in this for us all.

We get caught up in big events and our leaders think we need to make big changes to “reveal their glory” and to draw attention. They miss the point. The glory Jesus’s revealed was God’s presence in him through a kind act. God is present in every act of comfort and kindness.

I was amazed as I watched yesterday’s events of the restraint of the capital police and of the interns who saved the electoral ballot boxes. Things could have been a lot worse and gotten further out of hand very easily. We will hear a lot of words spoken over the next few days, but I for one will look for the small acts of comfort and kindness. God’s glory will be revealed in those, not in words of anger or hatred.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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