"But thanks be to God, who in Christ, always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us, spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere"
(2 Corinthians 2:14).
When life offers you lemons, make lemonade! How cute. How proverbial. How cliche. How annoying! Sure, we've all heard the phrase, perhaps have been encouraged by its folksy charm and optimistic sentiment. Perhaps further still, some of us might even be willing to admit that we've used that phrase...or at least have thought about it, when speaking to others about the bombardment of less than ideal situations they might be facing. What intrigues me, is not the "what" to with taking the proverbial lemons and conjuring up a drink that is both satisfying and refreshing, but "who" supplies the other ingredients.
We don't have to look far to locate and identify struggles, trials, and heartaches. Their are plenty of them in the present, not to mention the ones that so many hold on to from the past as though they were some treasured memento never to be forgotten. Though we face them and must face them, we are not obligated to fear them. Paul reminds the reader that we serve a God who always is leading us towards triumph. Even the disappointments can bring glory to God. Does that sound so foreign, unrealistic, or even heretical? It's not the disappointment itself, but rather, how we respond. Those times bring to the surface of our lives the true fragrance of who we are.
Allow every situation in your life to bring out the very best fragrance that the reflects the knowledge of Him everywhere and at all times. Just like the sugar, when added to the lemons and the water, brings about a very different and positive perspective and takes it from sour to sweet, so desires the Lord to work similar in your life. He takes the sour - the struggles, the disappointments, the fears and regrets of your past and present. He adds to them the sweet - His love, His grace, peace, and joy, and His promise to walk with you regardless. He adds what you cannot and what you have not. If you open your heart and all that's in it to Him, He will turn your mourning to dancing, your sorrow to joy, and He can transform something so sour and bitter into something so sweet and blessed.