When life throws you lemons

“And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” Genesis 1:29 (NKJV)

There is that old saying that when life throws you lemons you can either duck or make lemonade. So to make the lemonade, you simply have to squeeze the lemon juice, add water, sugar (optional), and of course filter out the seeds. What then do you do with the seeds? Throw them out of course.

I cut open a lemon the other day to put in hot water and was annoyed that I had to pop out all of the seeds before I put it in hot water. Sometimes I have to dig the seeds out of my cup so I don’t accidentally drink it. I was hmming and hawing long before I was thankful for this cup of goodness. I got the lemons for next to nothing at the grocery store. Nice robust gleaming yellow lemons.

Well I immediately got a revelation from God that there was a message I was overlooking here. A miracle even …. In fact after I went to buy these lemons I went to a thrift store, and came across a woman who was desperately seeking for the perfect outfit. We got talking about clothing, and later she came to me and said that she really felt drawn to me for some reason and couldn’t figure out why, and that people meet for reasons. She gave me her card, and said she was into the business of healing. (Not of God).

I felt God saying to me that I had a seed to sow, and to tell her about Him. So I emailed her later and told her about my being a Christian and that I did not believe in the healing she provided, but I did believe in the healing that comes from Jesus. I learned later that she used to go to church a long time ago, but somehow was led astray and is seeking our her own form of spirituality. She never bothered to find another church since but was thankful for my invitation to church and would let me know if she felt led to attend.

I hope that somehow I sowed a seed of hope for her. A seed that says, “God hasn’t forgotten about you.” What happens after this I may never know, but I did my part and obeyed God. Some seeds will fall on good soil, and some on rocky soil. Like in the parable of the sower: The point is that the more seeds you sow, even if you help one person to grow closer to God, you have done your part. In the world of gardening not every seed you sow will take root, but the ones that do grow beautifully when watered. When you sow a seed into someone, you invest in them. Then they will in turn do the same and multiply that seed to others. If you waste your seeds they will rot and be of no use.

God will always give you lemons in your time of need, but it’s what you make with it that is all the difference. Meaning God didn’t just provide us with the lemon he gave us seeds to produce other lemons. He also provides for us that we might bless others. Whether this is the word of knowledge, monetary blessings, the gift of healing, encouragement etc. Everything from God is a gift. What good is a gift if you don’t share it? It is better to give than receive. (Acts 20:35)

I constantly complain about grapes with seeds in them . They aren’t always fun to eat. However, I neglect to see that fact that these seeds are blessings because they will come back to me in the form of more grapes. God gave me something special when I became a new creation, something I could share with others. If I throw it out, or let it lay dormant it becomes stagnant. But if I share it with others, plant the seed, and then water it with prayer, it will come back one hundred fold.

God never leaves us with short supply; the fact that lemons have multiple seeds in them are a miracle of God’s endless provision. Be blessed, and sow those seeds!

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 8:4-8

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