My first blog was named R-E-L-A-X, and I felt convicted when I wrote it. Since then, life has been a roller coaster and I have had to take my own advice in heaping spoonfuls! That’s right, I have been stressed a bit too much for my liking, but I know it’s all to show me WHERE and WHOM my foundation is.
Let me pause for a second and tell you that I am not a great cook. I don’t think I ever will be, because I follow the directions of the recipe, and I never stray. I don’t improvise. Ever. And because of this, I will never be great. I will never just whip something up because I have the intuition to know that certain ingredients will blend together to become a culinary masterpiece. It won’t happen.
But I have begun to think about Lemonade recently. Silly, I know, but follow me for a second. There is the life motto that states, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Now this is simple, yet profound because it is exactly what we are supposed to do. As a Follower, we are called to be a light in the world in order to reach the darkness, but when our own light begins to dim, what then?
Well, as I stated previously we are supposed to make lemonade from lemons. We are supposed to take a sour fruit and concoct a nice refreshing beverage out of it. Again, I am not a great cook, so I have to have clear direction in order to do this. So God, in His infinite knowledge and power, knew He had to give me the recipe to make life better and less sour.
As life hands you lemons, you have got to realize that you need more ingredients. You need more than what life is willing to hand you. You have to be prepared to gather the other ingredients, or else you will just make lemon juice. In order to make lemonade you have to have water and sugar. Water is essential to life and to lemonade. Without water, neither life nor lemonade can exist.
There is a story of a woman at a well. She is drawing water from the well when Jesus approaches her and asks her for a drink of water. This is quite uncommon because He is a Jewish man, while she is a Samaritan woman. She points out this faux pas, and then Jesus tells her about water.
John 4:13-14 tells us that, “Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’” When the woman hears this she immediately responds in John 4:15, “The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.’” This woman is tired. She was handed a lot of lemons in her life. She made some life choices that weren’t good and didn’t deal with the lemons properly.
We see in the story and interaction between Jesus and the Samaritan woman that she finally understood that they are no longer just talking about physical water, and she finally came to the realization that Jesus is the Messiah she has heard about.
Water is necessary for lemonade and for life.
Jesus had to show this woman that she didn’t just have to deal with what life dealt her, because He offered her Living Water and the “sugar” that she needed to make lemonade. The love and forgiveness that Jesus offered at the well that day were definitely enough to sweeten those life lemons. He offered her the rest of the ingredients so she could make lemonade out of her lemons and he wants to help you too!
My point today is this: even when you have troubles, deal with the lemons properly. Take them to Jesus so you can make a good ole’ cup of lemonade, rather than a sour cup of lemon juice. I may not be a great cook, but Jesus will help me to produce great lemonade despite the sourness of the lemons dealt.