"Do whatever He tells you." John 2:5
The story of the wedding at Cana is very exciting for me for many reasons. One of them is you see the interaction between mother and son. How many times has a mother asked her son to do something and he gives a reason why he can't? It is amusing to see the same with Mary and Jesus! Mary informs him: "They have no more wine." Right away, Jesus understands what she is asking of Him, but still He answers, "Dear woman, what is that to you and to Me? My hour is not yet come."
I ask my son Josh to do something, and he has all these excuses. But a mother knows things her children don't. A good mother won't push a child to accomplish things he or she is not prepared for, not ready for. A good mother sees the potential in her children, encourages, gives them the tools and the opportunities to let them bloom and bear fruit. I was happy that one of the things Josh honored me for on my birthday was that I believed in him, and always encouraged him.
In the wedding at Cana, Jesus performed His first miracle. It took the prodding of His mom who did not listen to his excuses! The result? Jesus turned water into wine, and showed the world who He was! As parents, we need to recognize our children's gifts and talents. We must help them, especially while they are still young, to use their charisms and not be afraid. And should they fail, or make mistakes, we must help them get past it and move on. I know of a parent who kept telling her son he was dumb, didn't know any better, because he kept failing his subjects. My sister told her to change her tactics and make him believe in himself. The mother followed her instructions, and her son did so much better in school.
Lord, our children may not be able to turn water into wine, but we pray that they will use the many gifts, talents, and resources You have lavished them with. Thank You for loving them more than we parents ever could! Thank You that You have a plan for their lives. Help us to be good and loving parents. We pray that in all respects, our children will prosper even as their soul prospers (3 John 2).