It’s time to change the language we use to describe our experience with God. It would be like a sommelier using the same rutted language to describe a fine wine to an experienced consumer with phrases found written on every other wine bottle label. An uncreative and overly familiar description can actually dull the tasting experience.
I saw this first hand when my daughter, Anna, was invited as a poet to write descriptive labels for the wines of Plaisance Ranch Winery in Williams, Oregon. The labels became works of literary art that opened up the imagination of the inquirer.
As it is with a fine wine or a gourmet meal, so it can be when we talk about God and His creation. Unless we are able to move beyond the tired, familiar and repetitive spiritual vocabulary we use to describe the beauty of God, we can actually become a hindrance to those people who genuinely want to taste and see if the Lord is as good at the labels we have placed upon Him.
Whether or not you appreciate a fine wine, take a moment to click the link below and read some of Anna’s labels. She is describing a familiar experience from a new and refreshing viewpoint, just as it should be when we talk about God.