SHE is made into new wine.
I know it’s oddly specific, but I love solo car rides back home at night. After a great night with friends at an event somewhere in the city or maybe a fun girl’s night out for dinner. When it’s just me, my thoughts, and the open road, free of happy hour traffic, it is my happy place. This is also where my amateur karaoke sessions take place!
Sidenote: It’s amazing how angelic my voice sounds when it’s drowned out by the actual melody of actual artists!
Currently, I’ve been playing Hillsong’s most recent album “There is More” where I’ve had “New Wine” on repeat.
“MAAAAKE MEEE A VESSELLLL. MAAAAAKE ME AN OFFERING. MAAAKE WHATEVER YOU WANT ME TO BE!”. I sing (yell) as some tears well up and I periodically lift one hand up long enough to maintain the steering wheel. Ask my friends. I’m not a crier, but that song always activates my tear ducts as I reflect on how the wine making process is exactly what God has done and is currently doing in my life.
As I researched, the process of making wine requires you to crush and press down grapes in order to squeeze the juice out of them. Grapes are good, but no one wants to drink a glass of grapes, we want what’s inside.
While crushing and pressing sounds good for fruit, it’s hard to request for that same measure to be done in our lives. Personally, that process seems well outside of my comfort zone and I don’t know about you but my comfort zone is nice and warm, and I have no intentions of leaving it if I don’t have to. But when God begins to bring out the great things He created inside of us in the form of spiritual gifts and our individual personalities, it is typically not until we see the final product that we realize the purpose in the process.
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”