When Life Gives You Lemons…

Usually people finish this catchy uplifting phrase with “make lemonade” which involves crushing the lemon and extracting the juice. I would guess the act of squeezing all that lemon-y liquid releases some frustrations from having all those lemons in the first place. And you know I’m using the term lemons to describe all the yucky, sour or sad things in our life that we’d like to retaliate on and obliterate but if all we ever did look for the quick fix of making the lemonade, and moving on, we might miss the lesson surrounding the difficult circumstances…

So maybe the better quote is this:

lemons

My best girl told me that a few days ago as we were lamenting all the “lemons” being hurled at us lately in our lives. She immediately started looking up lemon trees and how much they cost and how big they got and excitement set in about having fresh squeezed properly sugared refreshing lemonade along with pretty yellow fruit and oh the organic cleaners you could make and wouldn’t the plant smell divine in the house… and on and on…until she read how it can take a lemon tree anywhere from 3-6 years to actually produce a single piece of useful fruit.

hmmphhh.

And as she’s telling me all this it got me thinking and my mind immediately went to this verse…

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. ~Psalm 1:1-3

We all want what we want and we want it right now! Forget the season. Who wants to wait!!!

And we promptly thumbed our nose at that lemon tree, bought 2 pints of ice cream and proceeded to try out her new blue tooth kitchen radio while playing every 90s song we remembered from our youth and laughing way too much and too loud as we lamented why we just couldn’t move like we used to!

As I went through the rest of the weekend with plans that got hi-jacked and re-ordered several times and then with a day that went almost perfectly according to plan and with time to spare, no less! I took down Christmas and boxed it up and stuffed it in the attic hoping for a better one next year.

But the thoughts about that lemon tree didn’t go away and this morning I was met with this reminder:

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. ~Galatians 6:9

And of course it all fell right in line with the sermon I heard Sunday from Ecclesiastes 3… For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (verse 1)

The Christmas season for me was a doozy. Lots of happy and not so happy things transpired. Even in the new year, my family is entering a new season with some new roles and it’s all happy stuff but it’s still change and I’m so sloooow getting my mind wrapped around all the newness some days. I’m just a late bloomer I suppose. And sometimes I’m a time lingerer and a time leaper all in one. Yearning to live in the past and frustrated that I can’t fast forward to the future. I’m an enigma I tell you… But what about the present? Even if it’s not so appealing?

Well, sometimes we just have to be patient through the not so fun times.

I can take all my troubles and look for the quick fix- the immediate gratification of producing lemonade, or I can meditate on them– not in a depressing complaining way but rather in a positive light asking God for the lesson to be learned from the strife and if I let his word sink down and take root I can turn my troubles into treasures…. into useful lessons that could speak love and life… and refreshing citrus scents into the lives of others like the aroma of Christ…

So maybe the tree thing isn’t such a horrible idea. Because anything worth having is worth a little work. A little waiting, watering and caring. Developing and growing…Becoming something new. And in the midst of all this thinking about growing and nourishing, I stumbled across this free online class/bible study by Jeanne Oliver… “Becoming- The Unfolding of You”… and let me tell you, it has been speaking right to me on all these fronts. To my gals out there reading- if you haven’t already heard about this free class please go check it out and see if it doesn’t speak to your soul in the most life giving way this winter…

Friends, we are all in different seasons. Some growing and thriving, some static and dormant, and some being cut back in order to yield more. We can’t compare the season of our jobs or marriages or family dynamics to someone else’s because they may be in summer when we’re still bogged down in winter. But oh how Jesus loves and cares for us no matter the season we’re in. He prunes and waters and waits patiently to see that first fruit bud. Even if it takes forever. {gulp}

So as I struggle to meet the week and embrace the season -winter- which admittedly isn’t my favorite- I want to bloom. I want to anchor my soul in the Lord and look for refreshment all around expecting the miracle of Spring eventually.

We can look at life as growing at tree or just tending a grave. One simply adorns the past while the other propagates life. The choice is always ours. So don’t let the season get you down. Remain in HIM. 

How are you guys embracing the season you’re in? What have you been up to this new year?? And P.S. If you have a lemon tree, I’d love to know how long it really took to get fruit!

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7 thoughts on “When Life Gives You Lemons…

  1. Heather,
    The more I read of your writing, the more I love it! Even though I’ve never met you, I can tell this is just how you talk — all warm and caring and funny! I signed up for Jeanne Oliver’s course too but haven’t watched any of the videos yet — you have inspired me to do so today!

    But moving onto thoughts on your post — I love the thought about growing a lemon tree. I feel as if I’m in the midst of a very long waiting season and I’m beginning to wonder if what I thought God whispered to me was really just my own voice. But even if God takes me down a different path than I thought, I’ve discovered a new way to know him . . . and I know there’s still more of him to know! Thank you for these thoughts, friend! 🙂

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    1. Aww! You’re a doll : ) Thanks for your sweet words- and for following : ) I really enjoy reading your posts too! Go watch those videos!! They are so inspiring!!!
      I’m in the same boat my friend… I keep asking “God was that you??” And amen there is definitely infinite ways to know HIM! I’ll be right here in the “wait” with ya ♥

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  2. I’m praying for a fresh new season of blessings for you! It is all about seasons, some peace-full, some really stinky, some that stretch us until we swear we’ll just about break- the best thing is to have someone to walk along beside you, maybe even a ‘virtual friend’, because our walk is always easier if we can share! I may only be a ‘virtual friend’ but I’ll happily walk with you!

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    1. Awww : ) *virtual hug* to you my friend ♥ Thanks for the encouragement! I pray the same for you too! I’ve heard it said around the blog scene -maybe by Life in Grace? “We’re all just walking each other home…” ♥ How true!

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