It’s the time of year when vineyards take to stomping the grapes in order to extract the yearly harvest of wine.
In marriage, the grape stompin’ time is whenever we’re feeling hard pressed. In these moments we discover exactly what our fruit is producing. It may be bitter or it may be sweet depending on what we’re currently facing. Whatever comes out God has promised He’ll finish the work to make the wine what He desires it to be. Remember, He was known to take water and make it the best variety of wine for the wedding guests. What makes us think He’ll treat us or our marriages any differently? He takes what we have and makes it into something worthwhile, something beautiful!
Can you imagine the freedom a vine keeper would feel if he knew the winemaker could produce whatever he wished no matter the quality of the grapes? The wine that is pressed out is dependent solely on His skill, not on the ability of the farmer.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.”
Certainly the farmer has his responsibilities, but he is limited. Certainly the grapes must reach maturity, but the quality is limited by the environment. So, too, with all the work we put into our marriages, we have limitations.
- We will disappoint our spouse.
- We will sin against them.
- We will fail them.
But we must realize it is God who is joining two different people into one flesh for His glory. It is a miracle we never tire of witnessing at weddings and one for which we love pouring out our lives, in order to help other marriages produce the richest harvest of wine possible. Why? So they can go and do likewise!
God produces in us a drink offering that provides nourishment for others and great pleasure for Him. And there’s nothing better than pouring your life out for Him – That’s something which makes the stompin’ worthwhile, no matter how messy it gets.
Through The Grapevine: How is your marriage being squeezed right now? Are you feeling the weight of disappointments or failure? Have you thought of taking this to the Lord in prayer? We’d love to hear from you! What wine is being produced in and through you as you face another harvest as husband and wife?