When life gives you lemons, you’re supposed to make lemonade right? Well, I discovered that I have not. When life has given me lemons, there have been plenty of times that I’ve thrown the lemons back at life and yelled, “Hey! Knock it off! I’m tryna’ make Kool-Aid over here!”
So many things go on in our lives that we didn’t plan initially. We don’t want lemons. Lemonade wasn’t in our plans. That is not what we had a taste for. Where is my nice warm Caramel Macchiato? Why does it seem that no matter how many drink orders we place in life, life only seems to give us the options of tap water or lemons?
We plan our lives down to the very minute detail only to have life throw us one curveball after another. I get super frustrated when things do not go according to plan. Before I get consumed by my frustration, I’m reminded of Proverbs 16:9, “ In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” What I’ve had planned for my life was good on a small scale and seemed to satisfy my taste buds at first, but where is God trying to take me in the grand scheme of things? Where He is taking me could be far better than I could have ever imagine, but if I refuse to go, kicking and screaming, I could be missing out on a delicious experience of life.
Though a lot of the things happen in our lives that appear out of place or taste sour at first, they can eventually turn into a sweet elixir of wisdom that can be used for our own personal growth as well as the development of others. All we have to do is let God lead and we’ll discover that the lemons in life that we’ve been given aren’t just for individual thirst quenching, but rather those lemons are to be shared in order to quench the thirst of our neighbor as well. We can learn a lot by taking situations in life as opportunities to better ourselves and to help others. What have you been doing with your lemons?