I know this is sort of a strange title for an article, but as I was drinking a glass of grape juice just now, I was reminded of a promise I made to myself awhile back. To write an article on grape juice, and how it reminds me of God.
Come on, it isn't THAT far of a stretch, is it? Most people use grape juice for communion. But what I was going to address, is more of why I love grape juice and what this particular juice has meant to me.
Growing up in a jewish family(getting saved in college), we always drank grape juice on the Passover(wine for the adults, also), and grape juice(or sometimes wine) was what filled the Kiddish Cup-the cup that held the juice that we prayed over-Baruch Ha'ta, Adonai, elo' hein'u, melech ha olam, asher kiddish anu, bo-mitzva tov, vitzi vanu, le' had lech ner, shel-shabbat. My spelling is most likely off, since I do not know hebrew, just remember the prayer from growing up. The prayer translates to-Blessed are you oh, God, ruler of the universe, for this fruit of the vine. Good shabbat. Shabbat being the sabbath day of rest, saturday and friday night.
I have always loved fruit and fruit juices and once I became a Christian, I began to compare the grape juice to not only the creator of the vines, but also the charactar of the Creator.
Grape juice is sweet. It is deep purple, and it is satisfying. Not like apple or orange juice, which is light, and has little substance, but it is rich and has a full, rich flavour.
Though grape juice is sweet, it is not overly sweet. It does not overpower the senses. It awakens the senses but is not so sweet that you can't stand it. It has a bit of tartness, but not so bitter or sour that you can't stand it. THATS what makes it taste so good, the combination of sweet and bitter. THATS what makes God beautiful. He is always good, and sweet, however the trials He sometimes puts us through can be very bitter. But the bitter, painful trials do not kill us, and when they are over, there is a bittersweetness that has made us strong and energised us.
Grape juice is very good for you. It has nutrients that strengthen us, and some nutrients and vitamin C that helps us to be immune to illness. It protects us from bad stuff :) Gods love protects us from bad. When we hide in Him, we are protected. We are energised and refreshed.
His blood was deep red. It cleansed us, made us new and whole. The blood that was shed was shed in a bitter way, but He whose blood was shed was not bitter, because He knew that what he was doing would help us and that was His intent.
Next time you sit down to a glass of grape juice thank the Lord. For the sweet fruit of the vine, the blood of redepmtion and yes even the hint of sour that you taste. Thank Him for the trials. They strengthen you, and when you are through there is a sweet sweet aroma and taste!
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This is a very interesting piece and I believe that you unwittingly opened Pandora's box with it. I actually love the piece since it does challenge us to look at how we view the very life we lead each day. We are all challenged by "trials" and the basis of how we "learn" from those trials is between us and God. You will definetly take some flak for the piece...but a good writer can weather that and grow. Well done and thank you for the thought provoking piece.
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I appreciate the intent of the story and all that the Lord has shown you. Seldom will I address an article for content although I read them and critique them I do not write the critique. However, I am grieved when I see a person, any person, make a remark that they believe about something and are sure that it is true and the belief of that "truth" will oftentimes lead to confusion when the 'season of sifting' comes, and that is this:
(paraphrase of your words), "God sends us trials, or puts us through them to make US strong." That idea is no where in scripture and men arrive at that conclusion simply because another man told them it is so and they've not taken the time to "search the scriptures daily to see if these things are so". The truth is this: Our Father puts us through, sends us trials to begin, continue or renew our awareness of our helplessness, with His hearts desire being to keep us in that place of trusting Him. If trials make man strong, because he is a fallen creature, it is a short time before he takes credit for the strength he then has, that man takes the glory of God as his own. We are told that "His strength is perfected in weakness" and Paul said "I would rather glory in my weaknesses...". I am only offering this critique on content because to continue to believe some things may only serve to keep us from Him, rather than draw us to Him.