“But his mother told the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you’.” John 2:5
As I edge closer to another birthday, I often think about the rest of my life, and in doing so, a certain thought often hits me. That thought is this – if I am fortunate enough to live to my 80’s or even 90’s, that’s still less time than I’ve already lived. So, even if that were to happen, I could certainly say I’m in my “second half.” Like most folks, I didn’t think much about the brevity of life in my teens, twenty’s or thirty’s, but now those thoughts seem to hit me more often. And with those thoughts I think, “Man, I really want my second half to be better than my first.” Not that the first half was all that bad, but that desire deep down on the inside of me still wants to see great things done and accomplished.
In the sports world, I’ve seen teams go from having the worst first half to the most amazing second half, and then go on to win the game with a come-from-behind victory. That can certainly happen for us as well!
Jesus, in his very first miracle, demonstrated this when He turned water into wine at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. The Master of Ceremonies was so astonished to taste such amazing wine that he called the bridegroom over and said, “You’ve saved the best for last.”
So, what is the key to having a “best for last” second half? It’s found in the words that Mary, Jesus’ mother, said to those who were with Him that day at the wedding. She said, “Do whatever he tells you.” The key to you and me having a second half that far exceeds our wildest hopes and imagination, is to simply follow the simple instructions of Jesus, many of which can be found right in Scripture. But, in addition, we can also get that same wisdom and guidance from God’s own Spirit, the Holy Spirit, our Helper. Whenever we face a situation, an obstacle, or even an opportunity in which we need His help and guidance, all we have to do is ask, receive, and do.
Today, if you’re like me, hoping for an even better second half than your first, just simply “do whatever He tells you.” You’ll find your second half to be your best half.