Summary: As Jesus turns water into wine as a symbol of bringing joy, He specializes in re-filling life's empty places.

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Re-Filling Your Empty Life by Kraig Pullam

John 2:1-2:1

One of my favorite movies of which I will boldly, blatantly and unashamedly admit is the sequel “Bad Boys II.” It is a funny/amusing/somewhat comical/quite insightful movie whether you like or not with Martin Lawrence (of which I am a die hard fan/admirer/aficionado) and Will Smith and Gabriel Union. At the end of the movie, this Cuban villain, if you will, has gotten angry with the characters of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence because they have caught his racketeering of the drug called Ecstasy; and they have retrieved his money; they’ve got 10 million dollars of his cash that he believes belongs to him. And his sister, Martin Lawrence’s sister (played by Gabriel Union), has now been snatched and kidnapped by the Cuban man and the government comes and now says to Martin Lawrence’s character “I’m sorry—we don’t do negotiations in Cuba—there’s nothing we can do.” If you saw the movie then you know the story—they decided to go over there and rescue Cid (that was her name in the movie) on their own. They get over there; they’ve set the plan in place; they’ve got bombs in place; they’ve got people in place; and then out of nowhere the plan goes awry. Something does not go right in the plan and they are now under attack, assault and harassment unexpectedly. All of a sudden Will Smith yells “Abort plan A…go to plan B…go to plan B.” Martin Lawrence looks at him and says “What is plan B?” They go to another scene and another soldier says “Plan B? What is plan B?” They both look at Will Smith and ask proverbially and urgently “What is plan B?” Will Smith’s character responds by saying “I don’t know. But plan A ain’t working. Let’s do something”.

And while we laugh at the humor of that there is a harsh reality and ruthless principle interwoven within the fabric of the director’s writing. And that is—every now and then—we make great plans where plan A is laid out to get whatever we want—but every now and then we come under unexpected/astonishing/sudden assault from areas where we were not looking for it—and we end up running for our lives. Because even though we run looking for plan B we don’t really have a plan B—because we never expected for plan A to fail and not to work.

Who am I talking and preaching to already? One poet put it this way: The best laid plans of mice and men sometimes go awry.

How many of you know you’ve laid out some plans in your life,

• you’ve had some things written down

• you knew what you wanted to do, where you wanted to be; who you wanted to be with; who you didn’t want to be with;

• what you wanted to have in the bank;

• what you wanted to do with school and in your career;

• where you wanted to get a job;

• the business you wanted to open;

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