Recently, I received a text from a friend: “My life is like squeezing lemons. I do not taste the lemonade yet.”
I knew she was referring to the proverbial phrase: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”
But my friend’s ongoing efforts to be optimistic, and make the best of her sour circumstances has worn her out.
She yearns for life to be sweet again. And I don’t blame her.
I thought of writing her back, “Try adding honey.”
“How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103)
But I’m no different than my friend. I remember crying, “uncle,” and longing for lemonade last month. Ill and bedridden for several weeks, I was not in the mood to read my Bible or pray. My only quiet time consisted of staring at the ceiling, hollowed eyed and lethargic.
The only honey I tasted was in my hot tea.
However, when my good health returned, so did my spiritual appetite. Hungry for the Lord, I didn’t realize how much I missed Him until I opened my Bible, and nourished my ravenous soul with the living Word.
“Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 24:13,14)
How appropriate that God’s Word is often compared to honey. According to benefits-of-honey.com, Honey is a natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. Honey is also used to heal physical ailments.
Strength and energy? Healing? That’s exactly what I need to walk out my days.
Feeling spiritually lethargic? Is life full of lemons?
Try adding “honey” and taste the sweet results:
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes…
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:7-10).