I love the example Mary sets forth in this familiar story. When she heard the servants whispering about running out of wine, Mary could have responded in so many different ways. She could have worried. She could have tried to solve the problem herself. She could have planned and schemed. But she didn't do any of those things. Instead, she did the only right thing. She took the problem to Jesus.
Notice the simplicity of her statement. "They have no wine." That's it! She didn't whine (get it, whine about the wine, sorry). She didn't complain. She didn't tell Jesus to do something or even ask Him to do something. Furthermore, she didn't demand that Jesus explain to her how He was planning to solve the problem. In other words, she didn't do all the things we're prone to do when we take our burdens to Jesus.
Come now, admit it. I know you're not that much different than I am. We take our cares to Jesus and do far more than simply state the problem. We beg and plead. We instruct Jesus on the proper way to solve our current dilemma. We ask to see His blueprints to ensure they meet our approval. Then we walk away and try to solve the problem ourselves, afraid that if we leave it in Jesus' hands either it won't be solved or it won't be solved the way we want it to be. Am I right?
Mary left out all the fluff. She displayed complete trust. She took the problem to Jesus and waited for His response. Only after He had responded did she act, and that act was not the solution to the problem but the preparation for the solution. Mary expected a miracle. She expected the situation to be remedied. And in her great faith, she made ready for that event by instructing the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do.
It reminds me of the story of two farmers who prayed fervently for rain. Both prayed, but only one of the farmers went out and prepared his fields in anticipation of that rain. Which one truly had faith that God would answer his prayers and meet his need?
Life is full of problems. There's nothing we can do about that. What we can do, however, is determine to deal with life's problems by following Mary's four-step formula:
1. Take it to Jesus.
2, State the facts.
3. Wait for the Master's response.
4. Prepare to receive the blessing.