Just Fill the Jars


Recently, I had the great honor and wonderful opportunity of connecting (online) with author, Suzie Andres. (Gentleness in Homeschooling and A Little Way of Homeschooling)  Our website was hosting a giveaway of Suzie’s second book and she emailed me to generously offer two more copies to add to the fun. In the following days, we corresponded a few times and I am delighted that God allowed me to get to know this meek and humble woman of God.

Suzie wrote something, just sharing her heart; and I’m sure not thinking twice about it when she wrote it, that permeated my being to its very soul and has remained with me ever since.

We actually had been corresponding about my book, which is to come to print very soon through Media Angels Publishing Co. Suzie wanted me to let her know as soon as it was available.

In sharing my journey, I explained that I truly felt that the book contained God’s message of love for mothers/wives everywhere and that I was but an inadequate, albeit faithful writing-hand for Him to use as a vessel.

Suzie replied, “Yes. I know just what you mean. I often think of Mary, telling us to “Do whatever He tells you” and then Jesus saying ‘Fill the jars’. It really is that simple, you know. All we have to do is follow Mary’s instruction and fill the jars and then Jesus takes our water and turns it into wine to bless other souls”.

How beautiful! How wonderful! How simple!

So many times, along this journey called earthly life, we are our own worst critics. We look to others for validation or approval, when in reality, we should only look to God.

Upon seeing what we perceive to be “perfection” or at least “near perfection” in others, we “beat ourselves up” so-to-speak, feeling inferior or worse, as though we have failed.

God does not see things this way, nor does He expect us to be able to do “great things” for Him.

Just “fill the jars”. That’s all He asks.

Our Lady tells us to do what Her Son says and all He says is “Fill the jars”.

There is great comfort in knowing that whatever we give, when given in obedience and with a joyful heart, is “enough”.

We have no “good wine” to begin with. All we have is “water”.

But, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, can take our “water” and turn it into  wine; and not just any wine, but a wine so fine that the guests will think we have “saved the best for last”.

Mary is an arrow, pointing us toward Salvation.

And, Jesus is a kind and gentle Savior Who lets us know that we need not be perfect; that we can not be perfect…but this is no cause of worry for He will take our meager offerings and imperfections and turn them into something GREAT!

Suzie probably doesn’t even realize how greatly her words affected me. She just “filled the jar” and Jesus took that water and turned it into wine that I might be blessed!

Listen to Mary. Do as He tells you.

Just “fill the jars” and He will do the rest!

Copyright 2011 Judy Dudich


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  1. Judy,
    What a delightful surprise to read your article today.
    I have two comments. (well, I could go on forever, but I’ll limit myself!)

    First, you said, “Suzie wrote something, just sharing her heart; and I’m sure not thinking twice about it when she wrote it…”

    This reminds me of the time my husband had worked for three consecutive summers on a philosophical article. When it was accepted, the editor of the journal said, “Great, do you have other stuff like this lying around?” We laughed, not really wanting to say, “No, actually, I worked a long time to come up with that!”

    Jesus is so generous with His free gifts; I can’t say I spent a long time “coming up” with that image… But I will admit that the idea of filling the jars is one that has been dear to me for a while now – in particular since the day I began writing about St. Therese for “A Little Way of Homeschooling.”

    I knew I had much to say about her and love in learning, as well as trusting God with our children’s educations, but I also knew I could not do her justice. Aha! I happily realized I didn’t have to provide the wine – just the water…That I could do.

    You also wrote:

    “Suzie probably doesn’t even realize how greatly her words affected me.”

    Judy, I didn’t know – but I am deeply grateful to find out that my words (and more importantly Our Lady’s and Our Lord’s words) have helped.

    I continue to look forward to the publication of your book. Please keep us all posted.

    Filling the jars together,

  2. Thank you for your kind and heartfelt comments, Suzie!
    This image of “filling the jars” ties in so nicely with the theme of my book, “I Surrender” which is all about surrendering to Christ in our everyday life at home; in marriage, in homeschooling, in faith, in our schedules, friendships, and more.
    “Just Filling the Jars” to me…seems to be a gateway TO “surrender” for in offering our meager and humble “water” we are trusting that the Lord “will do something wonderful” with it.
    As I have continued to reflect on this beautiful image/thought of yours, what has also come to my heart is that Jesus didn’t NEED those servants (i.e. “us”) to fill the jugs with anything…He could have just created some wine…this tells me that God invites us to be tangibly INVOLVED in the work of His hands! He WANTS to interact with us and allow us to co-create with Him!
    Thanks again, for this reflection continues to be a blessing in my days.

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