A Time to Relax (John 2:1-2)

For many people, including myself, the weekend is a time to relax, catch up on sleep, or spend additional quality time with family and friends. While these activities could be done during the week, there is always the added pressure of working or going to school the next day that hangs over everyone’s mind like a damper. But when the weekend arrives, we can let loose and take the time we need to do the activities that allow us to relax. Even the first days back from the weekend, our discussions with our friends and co-workers are usually filled with what was done the last weekend. And then, as the weekend approaches, our conversations turn to what our plans will be for the coming weekend. Everything seems to revolve around our weekends, our time to relax!

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
John 2:1-2

The Holy Spirit does not record many events of Jesus enjoying fellowship in a casual setting, that is, not teaching, healing, or observing a Jewish ceremony. Yet, it is likely our Lord did participate in many social events. He was very popular and wherever He went, crowds followed. In this passage from John, the first miracle of Jesus is recorded at a wedding in Cana. Even at this festive occasion, Jesus was called upon to perform a miracle. Jesus responded with little fanfare, so as to not disrupt the festivity and take attention away from the bride and groom.

During our times of relaxation, do we remember to take our Lord Jesus Christ with us? Our Lord was in continual fellowship with God the Father. Thus, even during a time of relaxation, His attention was focused upon doing God’s will. Relaxation is important and helps us to recharge. But we should guard against letting this time be one when our relationship and obedience to God is put aside or diminished. It is during our times of relaxation that we need to be even more focused upon doing God’s will. Like Jesus, following and obeying God during our times of relaxation does not have to be done with much fanfare, just a willing and obedient heart.

Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.