Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
And let endurance have its perfect result,
so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
(James 1: 2-3)
Life is going along just fine.
You are joyful and filled with purpose.
You have found a niche that you find fulfilling
and, at the same time, produces a little income.
It’s just what you’ve been searching for.
But (why is there always a but?)
something or someone says or does something
that sucks out the joy and throws you for a loop.
You second-guess your endeavor.
You allow defeat to envelope you.
Maybe there’s even some tears or angry words.
You feel defeated.
There is a saying,
“If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
That is a choice.
Lemons don’t become lemonade on their own.
And lemonade doesn’t happen without the lemons getting squeezed!
The lemonade is the result of juice produced by a good squeezing
to which sugar has been added.
Tart juice becomes a sweet nectar!
James tells us to “count it all joy” when we get “squeezed.”
That is hard.
It’s easier to be angry and to give up,
to crawl in a hole and cover our heads.
And that is certainly one of our choices.
Or we can take that “squeezing” and learn from it.
We can add the “sugar” of the wisdom of God,
which is available to every believer,
and turn it into a learning and growing experience.
Sometimes we need to step outside our box
into that uncomfortable zone.
Is the “squeezing” an opportunity to do that?
Are we willing to take that step?
We have two choices.
We can keep the lemon juice that turns our mouths sour
we can sweeten up that same juice and enjoy the rich nectar.
Life is full of ups and downs.
Without downs, we would never grow.
Everything that seems bad doesn’t have to be bad.
There is something to be learned in every stumble
along the way if we but only look.
Bad things really can turn out to be good things.
Jesus didn’t want to die an excruciating death on a cruel Roman cross,
but because He did, you and I can experience His gift of salvation.
That’s definitely lemons becoming lemonade!!!
How will you respond to the “lemons” you are handed this day?
Will you become sour like them
will you use it to make delicious lemonade?
Father, Thank You for Your wisdom which is readily available
to us at all times. May we turn to You when life hands us lemons,
knowing it can turn out for our good and Your glory
if we will but choose to make it into lemonade.
Lots of love, Sharon