I have sometimes wondered what this means. Lemons are not sweet but lemonade is sweet. Life can be sometimes bitter, unpleasant experiences through people, circumstances can make us feel rejected and fed up. If we allow the process from lemon to lemonade to take place, we can grow from and become a better person from that biter experience. The key is not allowing the negative experience take over our lives.
There is a beautiful story in the bible in the book of Ruth that illustrates this principle so well. ‘Do not call me Naomi (pleasant) but call me ‘Mara’ (Bitter) as life has dealt with me.’ Naomi cried, pulling the cloth over her face with aggression. ‘ I started with abundance but I am now destitute’ she continued. Naomi had lost her husband and 2 sons to famine. Life had become unbearable. She is now left with two daughters-in-law
‘Go back to your mother’s house’, she sobbed aloud and wept. ‘I have no more children in my womb to give you’. One returned but the other, Ruth stayed with her, saying ‘Wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and you God my God.’
They both returned to Naomi’s native land, where Ruth went straight into work on the fields. She attitude was so pleasant that it attracted the attention of the land owner Boaz. She found favour with him, ‘I have commanded the young men to do you no harm’ he pleaded. Naomi further gave her strategies to use to win Boaz’s attention.
The rest is history. Ruth gave birth to a son whose name is Obed. He is in the lineage of Jesus Christ. If she had given up and found her own way by leaving her mother-in-law, she would not have been connected to her destiny. This story teaches us that tough times do not last, it is tough people that do. Life will have it’s ups and downs but how we allow it to affect us determines the outcomes.
The key to good outcomes is to be:
- thankful at all times. Rejoice always. When you thank God even for the not so good situations, your tank will always be full in the end. You creator sees what you cannot see. He sees the end from the beginning. Trust Him.
- determined as though you’ve seen the end of the story. All things start in the spirit realm. What we see with our eyes are temporal. 2 Cor 4:18
- focus on being a blessing to someone else in spite of your negative circumstances, what we sow we reap.