Sunday, March 24, 2013

But I CAN'T make lemonade!!

You know the phrase - "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade".

In other words, when life is hard and circumstances spring up outside of your control, do something good with them. Find the silver lining. Turn your situation around to find the good.

Well guess what? I'm allergic to lemonade.

Yep. So one of the world's most popular expressions will just give me hives.

I found out about a week ago. I've drank lemonade off and on my entire life, but recently, I've had it every day because I've cut other drinks out of my diet for right now. I think I had a build up of the stuff in my system, because every day for two weeks or longer I woke up with little pink hives on my forearms. So I tested the theory - skipped lemonade for 24 hours, and the next morning, was free and clear. Hmm. Okay, so that next night, I had a small glass before bed, and woke up the next morning not with hives, but with a swollen lower lip that would have made Angelina Jolie jealous.

Yeah. I'm allergic to lemonade.

I'm dealing with some pretty big lemons in my life lately, and I found the timing of it all really ironic. I had that conversation with God, and I feel like He led me to believe that sometimes, lemonade isn't the best choice.

Sometimes, the best thing to do with your lemons is just to leave them alone. Don't touch them, poke them, prod them, mess with them, squeeze them, or make juice out of them. Just leave them alone.

And see what GOD can make with your lemons.

So this waiting period I'm in continues, and I've moved on to Sprite, but I'm keeping an eye on my lemons and trusting that God has a specific, holy cocktail in mind that will be the best thing I've ever tasted. As long as I wait, and quit trying to make my own juice.


Bekah said...

Step AWAY from the lemonade!!

cjoy said...

Careful! Learn to watch for lemons everywhere...and even see a doctor. It could be an oral allergy and it could be a 'real' one. (I've got a daughter with many, many food allergies of both kinds....this is something you don't want to get me started on!!)

Something to ask the doctor about....baking lemons into something may be okay for you (think blueberry lemon muffins). Also...sometimes fruit/veggie allergies are related to pollen allergies.

In the meantime, just look at their pretty color and see some SONshine in the storm. :) (Hang in sounds like you've had a tough season recently. I can totally relate!)

Kaitlyn Frye said...

Thanks for the story on waiting for God to make lemonade.

Dixie n Dottie said...

Great post! Reminds of the verse
I Peter 5:7 "Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you." Thanks for sharing! :)

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princess said...

Oh my, I can't imagine being allergic to lemonade, I love that stuff :( very inspiring post though, keep doing what you're doing!