Parents often try to nudge or encourage their children to try or do something they think their child will enjoy or benefit from. Sometimes a parent sees something in their child and tries to develop that skill or gift. And a lot of the time the child responds with some resistance! This is the case in today’s passage. Mary nudges Jesus to exercise the gifts He has. He responds with basically “not now”. Maybe those things she treasured in her heart and perhaps a thing or two she has observed since then are promoting her to ask Jesus to perform a miracle and to begin His public ministry.
Sometimes in our lives we too are encouraged, invited, nudged… by others. Maybe it is our parents. Maybe it is our spouse or a coworker or a friend. People often see gifts or talents we have that sometimes we do not. At times we too can do the same for others in our lives. It is a wonderful thing to see and affirm the God-given gifts we see in each other.
Often the nudge or encouragement comes from the Holy Spirit. We see or find ourselves in a situation and we can almost physically feel the guidance to do or say something. In other instances we can hear the voice whispering to us. It may be in the moment or it may be later as we reflection our day or as we spend time in prayer. These “too late” or after the fact prompts prime us for action the next time out. It is still God at work in us.
God always continues to be active and involved in our lives and in the world. He encourages all followers to use the gifts and talents He gave us through the nudges, prompts, … of the Holy Spirit and those around us. We too at times invite, nudge, … others. In all cases, may we be willing servants of His kingdom, whether leading or being lead, all for the glory of God.
Scripture reference: John 2: 1-5