Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How Beautiful...

Grapes on the vine crowd one another, lush and full of juice, but if they continue to hang there, serve no purpose. To make wine, they must be crushed, and the crushing is our job. It makes a mess, to be sure, but the beauty of the resulting slurry, or must, lies in its promise. From this, along with an expert winemaker's intervention, will come a beverage not only beautiful, but full of goodness.

And so the gospel. When we employ the Word of God and its power in our lives, we stir things up. Things get messier before they straighten out, both in our own lives and in those around us. But oh, what a beautiful result!

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!--Romans 10:15

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  1. What a great photo and so wonderfully captured in scripture.

  2. Good insight into the parallel between grapes and Scripture.

  3. Wonderful analogy between the grapes and our lives. If we just "hang around" what use are we?

    Stopping by from Shanda's.


  4. Thank you for this. When I first saw the photo it looked like blood.
    I just finished two weeks in Thailand on a missions trip and am in South Africa now until Nov. 5th. Serving God can get messy and can even cause heartache at times. Yet, the fruit of the labor is worth more than all that.
    This was perfect for me today.

  5. Thanks for the's hard to hang around the winery for any length of time and not see the richness of the Bible's vineyard imagery.