My Mother, the late Louise Calhoun, on occasion of introducing me, would always say, “This is my ba-by” as she lovingly put her arm around me. She thought I could do no wrong ( I always have been pretty sneaky!), and she loved and trusted me completely. All four of us kids thought she was a wonderful Momma.
Mary’s first “baby” was Jesus. She loved and trusted him and thought he could do no wrong, and, he never did. They were invited to a huge blow out wedding celebration one day that got to rocking so that they ran out of wine. No Wal-Mart to run to - how embarrassing for the host! Mary told Jesus, “They have no wine.” He must have picked up her underlying tone of “Do something Jesus, you can fix it!”. In essence he replied “Momma, it’s not time to do miracles! Leave me alone!” But Mary went to the servants at the party anyway and told them to do whatever Jesus told them to do. Mary’s love and confidence in her “baby” was part of what God was doing at the moment. Most everybody knows the rest of the story. Jesus moved with the promptings of the Spirit of God and turned the water into wine and he did fix the problem. We are told this was the beginning of the miracles of Jesus (John 2: 1-11).
Mary and Jesus’ had a close relationship. She knew how he came into the world supernaturally. She was with him in his first miracle. She was with him as he died on the cross. And she was among those gathered together on the day of Pentecost when the Spirit of God swept into the room filling all to overflowing. It was her love, support, and confidence in her son that helped to launch him into the most famous ministry in the world and beyond. This is the power of a wise, loving Mom. The miracle of the water to wine lets us know that God cares about and will undertake for every detail of our lives. The Mom involved that day lets us know when you offer love and constant positive reinforcement and support and trust in your “babies”, you are laying the foundation of greatness in their lives for whatever they do.