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Read John 2: 1-12 Jesus turns the water into wine.

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants did), he called the bridegroom over.

"This is wonderful stuff!" he said. "You're different from most. Usually a host uses the best wine first, and afterwards, when everyone is full and doesn't care, then he brings out the less expensive brands. But you have kept the best for the last!" John 2: 9-10 (TLB)

Adam Benson is from North Carolina. While hiking deep in the woods of Yosemite National Park they became lost, and with dusk approaching they had no clue how to get back to their tent. They would have asked for directions, but they hadn't seen any other hikers. This told them that they must be pretty far off any regularly used path. They were feeling frustrated and fearful when finally they saw a wooden sign with an arrow that read, "Yosemite Valley, 2.4miles." With a surge of energy and relief, they raced back to their campsite in the valley.

Signs and signals are everywhere in life: directional signs on trails, caution signs on the roads, alerts on our phones, or indicator lights in our cars. The purpose of any sign is to alert us to something beyond the sign itself. In John's Gospel, Jesus' miracles are called signs, and the first is in Cana at a wedding. The party has run out of wine, but Jesus turns large vats of water into the best wine.

When they saw the wooden sign on their hike they felt joy, not because of the sign itself but because they now knew how to get back to their campsite. When Jesus changes water into wine, the best part of this story is not the miracle itself; it's what the sign points to - salvation through Christ. And we don't have to hike miles to get to Christ. When we call out in faith, he will answer.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the signs that point the way to you. Help us to follow you faithfully, in Jesus' name, amen.

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