Everybody knows how to make lemonade, right? Err……maybe?
Perfect Lemonade Recipe
Prep time: 10 minutes
- · 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
- · 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
- · 1 cup lemon juice
- · 3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)
1 Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
2 While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.
3 Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.
Serve with ice, sliced lemons. Serves 6.
If Only Life Was That Simple!
If only life was as simple as making lemonade. I’m sure we’ve all heard the adage “if life gives you lemons make lemonade”. Yea…Right…but how do you turn life’s lemons into lemonade? What is the perfect recipe and where can it be found?
What are life’s lemons? Life’s lemons are the hurts, the pains, the disappointments, the unexpected, the unbelievable, the ‘let downs’, the failures, the losses, the deaths, the separations, the ‘walk-aways’ (people that just walk away), the inconceivable, the unimaginable, the unthinkable……..the bitterness of life, the acrimony, the anger, and the sour tasting events. The things we want to block out and never ever remember.
To make lemonade you first of all have to cut up the lemons and squeeze out the juice. We squeeze the juice out of life’s lemons by sharing them, sharing our hurts and pains. If we internalise the pain it will only get worse if we share it with a friend, a family member, a counsellor or the greatest Counsellor of all time, the pain will begin to subside. (Just make sure you do your sharing with a trustworthy person who will keep your confidentiality).
From Bitterness to Sweetness
Now we need sugar to sweeten the juice from life’s lemons… In the beginning of Exodus chapter fifteen the Israelites are rejoicing, they have just successfully passed through the red sea and have seen their enemies the Egyptians destroyed in the same red sea, they praise the Lord at the top of their voices. By verse twenty-three however the euphoria has begun to subside and when they encounter bitter water in Marah they give it to Moses full on.
Poor old Moses didn’t have a clue where to get sugar from, but he knew someone who could produce sugar in the blink of an eye. Someone who could turn bitter situations into sweet ones, who could, who can, and who continues to make bitter things sweet. He called upon the Father God, and the Lord showed him a tree which when he put it in the water it became sweet. What a result! That shut the people up, at least for a while. Thankfully the Father God is the same yesterday, today and forever, if He made bitter water sweet back in the day, He can do it in 2012, 2013, 2014; He’ll even do it in 3000AD if you’re still here and care to ask Him. Yea! We just need to ask Him. In this 21st century we might not be throwing trees around, it might just be a Word that the Lord or someone else tells us that changes everything, it might an unexpected but pleasant occurrence, it might be a ‘door’ that miraculously opens, it might be someone showing up, it could be anything cause God does work in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. But perform He does, when we ask Him to. It might not always be the way we want or the way we expect, but trust me when we ask, He performs period.
Now the only thing left to add to our lemonade is water. Where do we get water?
The Word of God is water. Ephesians 5:26 says:
…so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word New American Standard Bible 1995
‘Her’ in this passage is a reference to the Church; the Lord cleanses us through His Word, His Word is truth. When we daily read, study and meditate on the Word of God He refreshes us like a refreshing gulp of lemonade. He nourishes us, like all the vitamin C and goodness in lemons. He gives us a new perspective on life, taking away all the hurts, pains and bitterness.
So when next life chucks a couple of lemons at you, squeeze out the juice, share the pain with someone you trust, ask the Lord for the appropriate sweetener for that situation and get stuck in His Word until you come out victorious on the other side.
Enjoy your lemonade, LolaA J