We've all probably heard this saying hundreds of times, and as cliche as it seems, it couldn't prove more true for real life when we face obstacles!
Lemons on their own are bitter, sour and not usually something you'll just eat on their own. But when combined with the right ingredients (whether sweet or savory), they impart a special tang and flavor that cant be achieved without them.
Being without water the last couple of days has tested my patience more than I'd like to admit, but it's also given me an opportunity to think outside the box and make the best of an otherwise uncomfortable situation.
This large, glass beverage server has been on top of our refrigerator since we moved, getting covered in dust (that I clean off once every couple of months before placing right back atop the fridge) sitting largely unused.
I had contemplated getting rid of it, but when my husband told me we wouldn't have running water, it was the first thing that came to mind as a temporary solution in a pinch. It might not be an ideal fix, but it was a lot better than having no "running" water at all.
We can lose sight very quickly of the importance of the little things when everything is going smoothly. There may even be times when we feel useless, collecting dust on a forgotten shelf...unseen or unheard, as though we have no more value to bring. This couldn't be further from the truth, dear friends.
So what's the lesson here? It's often not until a setback occurs that we realize how crucial the small details and niceties are, and it also parallels to how God can use us as a vessel for good when we least expect it.
It may not be pretty, it certainly won't always be the most convenient, but it's another chance to show that you won't let your current circumstances blot out the rest of the blessings around you.
In a world full of "lemons", make the best of what's around by pouring all the goodness you can into each moment.
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Kelly is a loving wife, mother, veteran, life-long athlete, personal trainer, and self taught cook with a passion for helping others. She hopes you will be inspired to live a healthier lifestyle while enjoying delicious meals cultivated in her home, and shared at your own tables.