Better Wine Project

Not only did Jesus turn water into wine, but he brought out the better wine at the end of the party. Better Wine Project is a conversation between friends Jake Blakeney and Justin Woods. They believe that the best years of life are ahead and not behind.

Moana - Justin's Take on Getting Your Heart Back

Hey everyone, Justin here.  In episode 3 of season 1, we talked about stupid things that make us cry.  We also talked about the importance of paying attention to the things that make you cry and why it is vital that you pause and examine the emotions that are stirred up in these moments.  We believe that more times than not, these emotions are telling us something about our hearts.  They might even be speaking truths that we need to hear.  To that point, one of the things that made me cry was the Disney movie, Moana.  I made mention that it was very specific scenes.  It's one of those scenes that I want to take a deeper dive into and tell you what truths it speaks to my heart.  This scene is towards the end of the movie and it is where Te Fiti gets her heart back.  I've attached the scene below.  Go ahead and watch before we continue.

Do you see it?  We are Te Fiti.  Moana is Jesus.  Te Fiti had her heart stolen.  Moana comes to restore it.  Let me unpack a few lines that undo me with their truth and beauty.

"Let her come to me."  Here's a little background; Te Fiti can't come through the water.  She is stuck unless there is safe passage.  The sea listens to Moana and Moana provides that safe passage.  Jesus makes a safe passage for us and He does so with grace and love....with invitation.  "Let her come to me."   Jesus does not strong-arm us, He invites us to come.  This is wildly important for us to understand about Jesus.  Did you also notice that when Te Fiti is coming at Moana in a rage, Moana is walking towards Te Fiti?

"I have crossed the horizon to find you......I know your name."  You're likely familiar with the story of the prodigal son.  My favorite part of that story is how the father runs towards his son.  This is a picture of Jesus.  He left heaven to come and walk among us.  Jesus pursues us...always.  Jesus moves towards us...always.  I also am reminded of the parable of the lost sheep.  The shepherd journeys to find his lost sheep.  "I know your name."  This one floors me.  It is immensely intimate to be known.  Deeply known.  Jesus knows your name. It's as simple as that.  You may experience times when you feel forgotten and you are walking alone.  Jesus knows your name and He knows where you are.  He has crossed many horizons to find you.

"They have stolen the heart from inside you...this does not define you."  I imagine you could probably identify a few things that have stolen your heart.  Hurt, disappointment, rejection, failure, loss.  We all have our own lists. Here's the beautiful and massively wonderful, yet possibly unbelievable, truth. These things do not define you. They are not your identity.

"This is not who you are.....you know who you are....who you truly are."  When the heart is restored, Te Fiti is restored to new life. To life as she once was....long ago.  (Don't get lost in religion and theology here. I get that Te Fiti then seems to turn into a more powerful goddess, etc.......don't miss the simple and beautiful truth).  Moana knows what Te Fiti needs....what Te Fiti longs for. It's the same thing we long for and Jesus also knows this. We long to live as we truly are, out of our true identity. This only happens when our hearts are restored.

At its core, this is what the Better Wine Project is after.  Jesus is the restorer of our hearts. He comes to restore us to our original state...our true existence, living with beautiful and restored hearts.  There is Better Wine for us.  It's coming, yes, but it's also right now.

In love,
Justin