MARK 2:21-22: “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new patch pulls away from the old cloth, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the skins. No, new wine is put into fresh wineskins.” CSB
OBSERVATION: Am I ready for the new wine of the Spirit in my life? Do I welcome or fear change? This is a very relevant question for me, as once again my wife and I are in a totally new environment as we adjust to a major move from Texas to Florida.
We left a very blessed and comfortable life in Texas. We had a great church family, wonderful neighbors, and our family living closer than they had ever been. There was nothing about our life that we did not love. The only thing missing in our life was that our daughter lived in Florida, and was planning to make her life there permanently.
Yet, we did not move just to be closer to our daughter. I had just purchased a 5 year customized license plate in Texas. If you knew me, you would know that I would never have made that investment if I was not intending to stay. Yet, over the year before we moved, the Lord began to pour new wine into our wine skin. He was calling us to change. How would we respond?
When we were packing up to move my sister graciously took several boxes of our family’s old photos that had been sitting in my garage for the past 10 years. They were filled with photos that went back as far as the early days of my grandfather and grandmother. As she has shared these photos periodically through texts, it has made me think of the times I grew up, and the examples that I had in my grandparents.
We called my grandmother Nanny. She was a remarkable lady. Nanny was alway ready for a political debate, and she always had something nice to say about everyone. There was one thing else that was unique about Nanny. Nanny was hip! What I mean was she stayed current. She was not afraid to change. She always dressed with the times, and always stayed current on music and trends. When she was 86 years old she referred to the lady of 90 who lived next door as the “elderly woman.”
I know that simply dressing current and keeping up with trends does not make one a change maker. However, it does speak to the attitude of the heart. When the Lord began to work in my life, at first my parents did not know what to make of it, but Nanny did. We would talk and she would listen with her whole heart. Nanny always welcomed the changes in my life.
As I think about the changes my wife and I are experiencing, as we sense the Lord pouring new wine into our lives, and as we are uncertain about what lies ahead, I want to be like Nanny. I don’t want to be an old wine skin that bristles against the changes that are coming my way. I want to be open to the Lord. I want to joyfully and obediently walk through the doors He is opening. I want the latter years of our life to be renewed with the fresh outpouring of the Spirit of God!
Lord, thank you for the heritage You have given me in my family. Thank you for helping me to remember the wonderful openness that my grandmother always showed to me. Her acceptance and encouragement. Help me to have the same position and heart toward You. Help me to trust you each and every day as You pour the new wine of Your Spirit into my life.
In Jesus Name!