Not too long ago I was a bit discouraged – with life, church and things in general. It happens to pastors, probably more than most of us like to admit. Anyway, a few things were getting me down and most of all I was feeling inadequate for the calling God has given me.
God has a way of meeting us when we least expect it, and in this case it was when I went to a meeting in a nearby church to hear a visiting speaker. On this occasion it wasn’t the message of the speaker that God used, but the first line of the first worship song that was sung: “Water You turned into Wine.”
I couldn’t sing the rest of the song as I was listening to the Lord saying in my heart: “You feel pretty unworthy right now – all you have is water to give. Water is not strong, not interesting, not intoxicating – but look what I do with it!”
In ministry I get tired. People don’t always support and some people into whom I pour my life never seem to change. Effectively on that evening I think I was saying to God, “All I have is this water which doesn’t seem to be doing the job.” But if Jesus keeps doing what he does best then my offering of water is enough.