By: Staci Stallings
One of the things I find most fascinating about living with God is how well everything fits together. I mean, in short, that God makes sense. I’m not talking in some metaphysical way that you have to have faith to believe that there are things you can’t see and don’t understand but you have to just have faith that they are. I’m saying that God makes sense in a very practical, everyday kind of way. It’s a matter of taking the time and really looking at the things God puts together to see that.
When God says, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open,” understand what He is saying: You will get what you are looking for. So if you’re looking for God, you will find Him. If you’re trying desperately NOT to look for God, guess what? You’ll be able, based on your experience, to say that you don’t see God. Why? Because you don’t.
A couple months ago, I was reading some books about the Bible. Now if this had been pointed out to me before, I certainly don’t remember it. But Cana as a land shows up at least 3 times in the Bible, and all are very specific references. However, they are spaced so far apart that although we might hear “Cana” and think we understand that, if we don’t put them altogether and make the connection, we miss the awesomeness of God.
The first reference to the Land of Canaan is in the story of Abraham. Abram is directed to take his family to the land of Canaan. This is the land God promises Abram for following God’s commands. Abram goes to Canaan, during the journey, he becomes Abraham. At Canaan, Sarah has Isaac.
Then the story continues that Isaac has Jacob, Jacob (who becomes Israel) has Joseph, and in short order the Israelites become slaves in Egypt. God intervenes again and sends Moses to free His people. Reluctantly, Moses does so, and the Israelites wander the desert for 40 years. Where are they going? The Promised Land.
What is the name of the Promised Land?
You got it: Canaan.
THEN skip ahead in the story another 1,000 years, and there’s this young preacher guy who has called some disciples, and they go to a wedding. At the wedding, this preacher-guy does this miracle by turning water into wine.
Can you guess WHERE Jesus performed this first miracle?
Hmmm… Funny how those connections have always been there, but somehow I was missing them. I wonder what other cool connections I’m going to find this year.