You’ve heard the original saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” (And I LOVE lemonade, so I’m a huge fan of this phrase.) Well, I’m learning that this somewhat silly phrase is actually more profound than I thought.
As I wrote about last week, I spent the night in the hospital with the worst (and 6th) kidney stone of my life. But what could’ve been one of the worst experiences, and one that I resented, complained about and hated with my whole being (which I did, sort of!) actually ended up having somewhat of a cherry on top. As I stated in my previous blog post, Stuart and I were able to have an early sneak peek of the maternity wing where I’ll be delivering Baby Grand, and “practice” what it’ll be like for me to be in massive amounts of pain, super sick, with Stuart there as my supportive rock.
Not that it was fun whatsoever, but it was good for me to realize there was a good side of the situation, and something to be thankful for (other than the fact that the good drugs weren’t harmful for baby!). It reminded me of Romans 8:28:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
I think one of the most important lessons in life, is knowing that when life doesn’t go your way, it doesn’t mean that it’s going in the wrong direction. Usually, it means that God is doing something ELSE, and we need to be flexible and open enough to allow Him to work even in the confusion. Having a kidney stone right at the half way mark of pregnancy, was DEFINITELY not in my plans, but if that’s something God allowed to happen in my life to bring about some good, then I have to be willing to see where he shows up. Even if it’s just experiencing somewhat of a “dry run” to give both Stuart and me a little bit more peace going into the “big event” in January.
This is definitely a lesson I’m still learning. Like most people, I don’t really love when life doesn’t go my way. But I know having a baby will be a huge testament to letting go of my plans, and allowing God to work through my situation. From birth to them growing up, my children’s lives are not in my control. They are in the hands of the Lord, and I need to trust Him, above myself, to bring good out of situations that I may think are less than ideal. When situations don’t go my way, I want to start looking for where God is moving. It probably won’t be convenient, but it will always be worth it.
The heard of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.