What do you do when life hands you lemons? A little girl chose to take the lemons in her life and literally make lemonade. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, the girl opened a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research. Through her effort, over one million dollars were raised.

I don’t know if this precious, little girl knew Jesus, but her life showed the world how good can come from the bad things in life. Isn’t that like God? He takes the garbage the enemy throws at us and turns it to our good. He’s in control.

But this concept is often difficult for us to accept. We try to overcome our circumstances ourselves, and then get frustrated when we fail. When we allow hardships to unsettle us and destroy our peace, our lives state, “God is not in control.” Instead, like the little girl with the lemonade stand, we must determine to learn and grow through our difficulties.

You may be going through a hard time right now. Life hurts. I can sympathize with your pain, because I’ve been there myself. But listen to me, Christian—God has used those lemons in my life to make me a better, stronger person. Bitter as they may be, thank God for life’s lemons. You can’t have lemonade without them.

What fools are we . . . to frown upon our afflictions! These are our best friends. They are not, indeed, for our pleasure, but for our profit. — Abraham Wright

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder