“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom,” Song of Solomon 2:15 (ESV). I generally do better in a big crisis than when faced with relentless small annoyances. It seems that the size of a difficulty elicits different responses within me. In the case of giant problems, I quickly realize that I must turn them over to God. But with small problems I usually feel confident to handle them on my own. Bad decision. As the volume of issues increase, I soon find my boat overloaded, leaking and slowly sinking. A raging bull charging toward us is an obvious threat, but we are warned it is the “little foxes” that ruin the harvest God has for us. Lord, forgive my stubborn self-reliance and lethargic surrender. LORD, in Your Mercy, help me entrust all things both large and small into Your Mighty Hands, and to do it swiftly.
Jesus’ first miracle turned 120 gallons of water into wine. “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’" John 2:5 (ESV). Profound advice! The typical water jar of that era held about twenty gallons. Six, 20-gallon jars filled with drinkable water...that’s a lot of trips to the town well! But Mary’s sound counsel was a key element of the miracle, as was the obedience and hard work of the servants. Miracles are often lying just behind a curtain of doubt, confusion or unwillingness to be blindly obedient. There were multiple people in this story, but each person’s willingness to obey was critical to the manifestation of the blessing. The miraculous life is not a singular event or moment, it is a daily walk of navigating unclear commands from the Commander of Our Souls. LORD, grant me fresh grace to face this day’s needed miracles with simple obedience to Your every Word.