"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!" -Psalm 37:7
If you’re in a waiting season, especially a deep dark season, it’s really hard to be patient. Really hard. You want God to hurry up and dig us out of the trench so we can get back to normal.
But God doesn’t work like that. He’s not primarily concerned about our comfort as He is making us grow and refining us.
Patience is a true virtue but learning to obtain that virtue isn’t easy. Like sea turtles, we have 100 or so years to learn. Learn to wait. Learn to serve. Learn to serve in the waiting.
"He has removed my sins as far away from me as the East is from the West." -Psalm 103:12
"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified." -Romans 8:26-30 (ESV)
If somebody handed you a lemon when you were a child you wouldn’t have known what to do with it. You wouldn’t have ate it once you tried it because it’s so sour and you would have probably been mad that somebody gave you a lemon in the first place. Unless you’re one of the weird kids who eat sour stuff 😂💛
God gives us lemons. No one is a fan of having curveballs and plot twists thrown their way but that’s life. It’s how you handle it that counts. You can do a lot with lemons! You can cook with them, you can clean with them, you can grow plants from them, and they’re great for you body in helping to fight germs! They’re very useful tools IF you CHOOSE to use them as such.
The lemons He gives us are for our benefit- never for our demise. We may not know what to do with them at all the time but He can help us! And before you know it you’ll be drinking refreshing lemonade from those sour lemons.
It’s not all bad 🙌🏻.