Originally published at www.road2wholeness.com on 11/22/17
Welcome back to The Road2Wholeness Blog and "Life of LAB", a quick lab series. Today’s blog is “Trash Pick-Up”. For this lab we go to the scripture Luke 5:37, “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins...”
I will also be referencing a chapter from my last Suspended-Release Novel, A Better Pair of Shoes.
To read the book, you can go to: abetterpairofshoes.blogspot.com
In chapter 22, “Aisha’s Old Wineskins” the character finds herself in a tough spot in her marriage, and is confronted with a decision of whether to pour the new wines of her marriage into the old wineskins of her understanding. When what was shining began to look dull, it was easy for trash to begin to disguise itself. It was also easy to fall back onto an old model of herself. So, how do we know when we have new wine, and how do we discern the dull from the trash in our lives?
If you read the book, then you know the background of the character. This is a woman who has forged her way forward and is operating in a new dimension. However, she has no real knowledge of what is attempting to manifest in her life. She’s successful and she knows it. Yet, even her new life as she sees it, is not where she is set to remain. Without this knowledge, she doesn’t have the right foundation to make the decision she is trying to make. This is the case for many of us at many times in our life. We see life in terms of before versus now, rather than now versus promise. When we are calculating our decisions in contrast to the past rather than what is ahead, it’s easy to pick up trash.
Therefore, the first step is probably to understand the promise. In the case of marriage, what must also be understood from a spiritual stand point is that there is an attack on the promises of God, and God always promise with people, family, and generations in mind. This then puts marriage under great attack. That being said, a distinction should be made between a dull marriage and the trash of a quick solution. Now, there are many things that come into play when we look at marriage—this being a quick lab, we won’t go too deep, so let’s continue in and with the context we are discussing.
I would like to say however, that God holds marriage in a high regard. This means that even if you hadn’t considered all the variable of marriage, and you and your spouse finds yourself in a tough spot, you two can go to God in union and obtain favor. This is true because God is always going to honor a covenant, law, and principle. Furthermore, God wants to fulfill purpose in the earth, and prove the ways of righteousness right.
So, in the case of Aisha, whether she had been blessed with her husband from the start, or whether God decided to turn her water into wine, we don’t know, but what we can see is how God can use failures when they are under the protection of covenant. Therefore, part of not turning to trash, is knowing that God can restore and replenish. In the moments that we trust God to do more with what we have than we ourselves can do—we will find that God will produce new wine in our lives, and he will also give us the new wineskins to put it in.
So, I encourage you in all areas of life, to pull God in on your decisions. Let the promise be your guide, and always expect new wine or new things. If you do these things, it will become more and more difficult for trash to present itself as fortune in your life. Remember, your difficulties are not just a threat to the promise, but it is an opportunity for disguise. Let the eyes of God take you behind the mask of trash. Stay the course, and prepare for wine.
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NaTisha Renee Williams