September 12, 2011

Do What He Says - Violet Nesdoly

"Wedding at Cana" by Edouard L. L. Edy-Legrand

Do What He Says
“Whatever He says to you – do it.” John 2:5

Please, one more glass –
why do you pass
filling it only half?
Dry spout?
You’re running out?
How can we dine
without more wine?

Mary sees flush
embarrassed blush
on face of friend beside
the mother of the bride.
Feels the sting –
how publicly

Across the room
beside the groom
Jesus, her pondering-heart
Son – the One
Who knew, when it was due
where she’d misplaced
the rent money.
Funny how
after His word
oil always poured
from almost-empty cruse.
Another day
He touched
an ankle bruise
and it erased
like clouds before
sun’s face.

“Son, can you help?”

Though He replies
looking at her
with old-young eyes,
“Woman, my time
has not yet come,”

she beckons to
the harried servant-master,
“Do what He says,
whatever it is
and so avoid

© 2011 by Violet Nesdoly

Okay, I made up those extra miracles that I had Jesus performing for his mother in the privacy of their home. It’s my way of explaining why Mary was so sure that Jesus could help.

Whatever gave her that conviction, I love the double-sidedness of her advice to the wedding caterers: “Whatever He says to you, do it” (John 2:5). That’s advice that’s as good for me, for all of us, as it was for them.

And it's an example of how God teaches us through little things around us... a line from a Bible story we've read a hundred times but never really noticed, a recalled conversation, a quote from a book, the juxtaposition of events that show us there is a trend in the life lessons we're learning and we'd best pay attention to God's curriculum.
Moses sang:
"Let my teaching drop as the rain
My speech distill as the dew,
As raindrops on the tender herb,
And as showers on the grass" - Deuteronomy 32:2.
What is dew but the distillation of the ambient moisture that was surrounding objects and plants all along? May we be those tender herbs and grasses that recognize and receive the rain and dew of God's lessons.  




  1. Beautiful thoughts... enjoyed them very much!

  2. Lovely. You 'distilled' the thought in beautiful words indeed


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