Several people around me know that I love drinking wine. Before, I never really liked it because of its mixed sweet-bitter taste. But then again, it all depends on what’s on the table and personal preference. In my case, I honestly prefer it more than a cup of coffee. Yeah, I know that it sounds a bit weird, even my Italian manager finds it weird also. When I told him that, as he offered me a cup of the ever so famous neopolitan coffee, he looked at me with bigger eyes and told me “you don’t drink coffee and yet, you like wine?” and then he laughs off (end of the story). Well, I guess it was the sense of pleasure that attracted me the most. Generally speaking, it tastes awful but when you get used to it, you will find it sweet and pleasurable (don’t get me wrong, I don’t drink to get drunk).
Many cultures, especially in the western part of the world, characterize wine as a symbol of “the good life” or a plausibly lavish enjoyment of it. Maybe it’s because of this that I can relate to the fact that it makes you feel good. But here’s the climax we have to be careful about: it drowns you as you give into wanting more. Now, in the Hebrew and biblical understanding, wine stands as the larger varieties of pleasures in this world, therefore we’re not just picturing a luxurious drinking beverage that’s present in weddings, parties, social recreations, etc. In reality, this is a serious thing that many young people (again, like me) face in this last and most broken generation. It’s one thing to be naturally exposed to temptations, but to agree with them is a whole another story. When God allows us to be in a situation like this, it literally means He wants us to tug our hearts to His so that we could walk straightly with His companionship determined by love. I am really thankful knowing that I am cherished by God as His words keep ringing in my ears, the “FIRST AND GREATEST COMMANDMENT” of all: to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul and all our strength (Deut. 6:5, Matt. 22:37-38). As He has always desired (2 Tim. 1:9), God returns us more than the world’s view of reciprocal relationship we’re trying to find from someone else and He’s securing us with an unspoken depth of His affection and appreciation of our beauty despite of our weaknesses and failures. For me, it’s a comforting truth that helps me hold up in this sorry world (Song of Songs 2:13).
May God allow us an experiential revelation of His love. Shalom !!!