I had the amazing blessing and privilege of traveling to Italy with my dear friend Jessie and her family. Here are my Italy memoirs. As they happened. With only some points embellished to keep life interesting. All of the characters are real, so if they resemble someone you know, it’s probably them.
We saw about a million wineries today. Give or take about 999,995.
The views were breathtaking. The architecture was incredible. One of the wineries was actually built in an old convent. Talk about stunning.
All of the vineyards and wineries we visited were in Montalcinco. Which is the area where Brunello is from, which probably only means something to you if you are a red wine connoisseur.
At every single one of the wineries they said essentially the same thing, only worded slightly differently: Montalcino has a rule when it comes to growing grapes – there are no irrigation systems, there are no watering systems. Nature alone grows the grapes.
There have only been a few seasons in the decades and decades of growing grapes and producing wine, that the vines have not produced. And those years, they survive without the grapes and without the wine. Because if it doesn’t happen naturally, it doesn’t happen at all in Montalcino.
I translated that to this: If God doesn’t grow it, they don’t use it. (None of them worded it quite like that, but that was what it boiled down too.)
They rely completely on the weather and nature for their harvest. AKA they rely completely on the Lord for their harvest.
Their entire lives and livelihoods, forsaking technology, in exchange for trust in what the Lord provides.
It makes me think of Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart…”
Trust in the Lord with all your harvest…
Trust in the Lord with all your livelihood…
Trust in the Lord with all your work…
Trust in the Lord with all your finances, every penny….
Trust in the Lord with all your home…
Trust in the Lord with all your food…
What if we trusted Him with every aspect of life? The big things, the small things. What is we didn’t count on any technology to bail us out of tough situations? What if we didn’t live with numerous back up plans, in case the Lord doesn’t come through as we want Him too?
What if, we lived under the belief that if the Lord doesn’t provide it, we don’t need it?
And if we do need it? He’ll find a way to get it to us without us saving the day ourselves.