By faith, believers readily accept the account of the wedding at Cana as the start of a life of walking in healings, miracles, signs and wonders. Whether it was by a prayer offered up, or the command of His word; the molecular value of H2O turned into the sweetest wine that the party's host had ever tasted.
Can you wrap your head around that? Molecular change! I guess it would be just like the time when man was fashioned out of the dust of the earth. Only, on a less complicated scale. Yet, what do I know? since I find it hard to get cooking recipes right.
2011 was not a good year for the wine country of California's beautiful Central Coast. More than usual rain, and a harsh cold snap, were not good to the vines and budding grapes early in the season. Growing the spectacular vintages that this area is known for around the world, takes that special combination of rain,cool, heat, soil, and lots of hard work. Grape yields this year by a general consensus in the industry were off by between 40 to 50% ! That is not good news were you need lots of product as well as sales to survive.
Last year was one of the most productive for this little winery. They produced over 1300 gallons of wine., a banner year. Which was again their expectation for 2011, that was until the temperatures fell, and the rains came. Based on that reality, they had readjusted their plans allocating only enough barrels to hold the projected vintage. But, as the liquid concoction was being poured into the oak casks, she took note that though the harvest was less they had a problem. They were running out of barrels to store the liquid gold.
They filled up all of the barrels that they had on site for this years crop, yet they had NOT run out of wine. Then came the scramble to get more barrels because of this happy, yet unexpected predicament. They were able to get a hold of some more, and then began to fill them up. First one, and then another, and then another,etc; all of them able to hold 65 gallons of the fermenting grape juice.
Now they did not necessarily call upon God for a miracle like that of Elijah and the widow. But, what they do, and do faithfully is live for God one day at a time. They pray and trust in Him for their provision and His favor. This year, that is exactly what they got! You see when all the other wineries in the area got less harvest, less production, and less barreled wine; they got more. With a third of a ton less grapes, they were able to produce more gallons per ton. In fact, they were able with all of the odds stacked against them to produce the same exact amount of fermenting grape juice as their banner year of 2010! That is a God who is more than enough.