A Bowl Full of Lemons…

When life gives you lemons. . . well, you know the rest.

This week, my wife and I were served up a whole bowl of lemons. The original plan for us to leave Muncie was to have until the end of the month to find a place and move out.

Now, obviously, the church was anxious to find a new pastor. And they were more than gracious to have given us a couple of extra weeks to leave after closing out my responsibilities with the church.

But then they found a pastor. And the transition was more time sensitive.

On June 11, we got a call saying that the church had found a new pastor and that we needed to be out a week earlier than planned.

Now it was only a week. And I entirely understand the rationale based on a number of variables. This isn’t a post about the church board’s handling of the situation.

This is about being dealt a curveball. What they couldn’t have known was that we had plans to leave town for a week starting the coming weekend, returning on the very day they wanted us out. That gave us precisely 72 hours to move.

Curveball.

Lemon.

Potential emotional meltdown causer.

The question is how were we going to handle a curveball? Without hesitation, Mal’s suggestion is that we shift into overdrive and get moved out before the weekend. And that’s exactly what we did.

That choice — that single choice — took a situation that we could have stewed over and turned it into an exciting catalyst for momentum. We could have held a grudge; instead we held a packing tape-gun. The devil could have gained a foothold and instead, Christ’s grace reigned in our hearts and a joy overtook our attitudes.

This week has been insanely busy, but it has been a blessing. And in the end, it several details worked out better for us and the church even got the parsonage empty with more time than we expected.

Sometimes life gives you lemons. Praise God.

And sometimes it will result in more lemons. Praise God then too.

But once in a while, you will have everything you need to make lemonade. Praise God all the more!

It’s good to be back in Kentucky ahead of schedule!

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