I would imagine almost everyone has heard the expression “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. I have heard it most of my life. The implication to me is “Quit your whining, get busy, make the best of things and move on”. I was raised by Greatest Generation parents—and that was certainly their outlook about oh so many things. So yes, when presented with problems, heartache, loss, heartbreak, and obstacles….well…I can only dwell, mope, cry, and complain for just so long. I mean how long can I stomach hearing myself throw a pity party?
Some people have said they admire that quality in me. I do not think of it as anything all that extraordinary. Almost everyone reaches the point where they roll up their sleeves and begin to try to solve the problem….basement flooded?? break out the sponges….someone in the hospital? go visit….etc. you get the idea. Some days however, the challenge, loss, heartache or heartbreak seems overwhelming….even to me the perennial optimist. Now that is not the case today, not even remotely. However, on my recent trip to our local farmers’ market something really caught my eye. I bought it and took photos. It is the biggest lemon I have ever seen. The farmer had a LOT of big lemons….I took a picture of the lemon I bought with a soup can so you can see the comparison. It just strikes me as metaphorical. Even the biggest lemon can turn into one big pitcher of lemonade. And no problem or anything else can separate us from God’s love.
My son is one of the best metaphorical-lemonade makers ever. He wrote a guest post on my blog today. You will find it here https://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/against-all-odds-a-christmas-miracle-of-sorts/