I won’t lie. Sometimes I buy wine because I like the label. Don’t judge.
I love wine. I love being frugal. I love a good crafternoon. I love sentimental items. And I love a good metaphor.
This recycled wine bottle vase pretty much fulfills all those things.
This particular bottle of wine is one my parents and I enjoyed on the roofdeck on their last night in town after helping me move into my new place. Thankfully it was as as good as the label was cute.
We’d worked long and hard for ten straight days getting everything set up. After countless trips to OSH and assembling one too many items that somehow always left us with that one mysterious extra screw, we hung that final strand of twinkle lights and we were finished. Exhausted, but finished. We opened that much-needed, well-deserved bottle of wine, and I told my parents how grateful I was for all they had done and for the people they are – so generous, full of love, and selfless beyond compare. I see Christ’s love and grace in them so much.
I’m constantly looking for metaphors in life. To me, there’s something so beautiful about what’s old being made new again. Giving something a second chance. A new meaning. A new purpose.
This recycled wine bottle vase reminds me of how we are a new creation in Christ. No matter our past looks like, no matter what mistakes we’ve made, no matter how empty and “poured out” we feel, He makes us new.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Our God is a God of grace, abounding love, forgiveness. And second chances. He washes us clean and He fills us with new and beautiful things – with fresh flowers and water, with vibrant new life.
When I look at this “vase,” I will be reminded that I, too, and made new. Each day. And so are you!
“Behold, I am making all things new.” – Revelation 21:5