April 4, 2017/Dealing with Lemons

My daughter shared something that was going on in her life yesterday.

Perhaps, she was just letting off steam. All of us are stressed at times. We have work issues, home issues, children issues, financial issues, and issues stacked upon issues in our daily lives.

In this case, she has a problem that ‘could’ or ‘could not’ turn serious…or this issue could be nothing more than a bump on a lemon skin.

Lemons are bright, colorful fruits whose cheerful appearance disguise their sour taste. We all grimace if we bite into a lemon. Yet, their acidic taste is essential for the zing they give to foods such as fish and chicken, or drinks such as tea.

Everyone hears the adage: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Sometimes, we can’t find the sugar…let alone the water to make that drink. Sometimes, we can’t gain enough strength to mix it.

Those are the times when all we can do is cling to Proverbs 3:5 & 6-Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

These are the times when all we can do is pray and trust God. We are stripped to the core; vulnerable to admitting failure as we verge on despair.

We are in pain. Pain from disease, or sin, or breaking and broken relationships, or other human frailties.

Thankfully, God is there. He is ever present in our times of trials and turmoil. Despite our lemon-like emotions, He has the situation all under control.

When life hands you lemons, forget the search for sugar and water…talk to God. Prayer sweetens the sourest lemon.


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