When life throws you lemons…

Science never fails to fascinate me and sometimes makes me think about life in general. For instance, an interesting New Scientist article about turning water into ‘virtual lemonade’ grabbed my attention recently. The science behind this research is captivating. The scientists used sensors to capture the acidity and colour of lemonade. This information was then transmitted to a water-filled tumbler elsewhere. An electrode on the rim of the tumbler mimicked the sourness of the lemonade for the the drinker, while a light-emitting diode (LED) indicated the colour of the drink…and voila! You can drink your cup of lemonade and possibly even share it with friends in cyberspace in the future.

Lemonades are delicious drinks, and even more desirable when we are thirsty. While there are certainly advantages to drinking a virtual lemonade, one wonders though whether the drink is as refreshing and satisfying as a tall glass of lemonade made from real lemons? Does it provide the same ‘zing’ that we get from a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day? Can it reinvigorate us, re-energise us, or quench our thirst the way a simple glass of freshly-squeezed lemonade can?

Refreshment for our soul
In Psalm 23, we read that the Lord is the refresher of our soul:
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul…” (Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV))

When things are looking tough, Jesus can provide us rest and a fresh perspective in life. He can make us smile and enjoy life again. He can re-energise us and help us to see things differently, from His viewpoint.

Just like our Good Shepherd makes us lie down in green pastures and leads us beside quiet waters, we can also be assured of the rest and tranquility that He gives us when we focus on Him. We can find serenity even in the daily hustle and bustle of life. Even things that used to be annoying to us can stop having their annoying impact on us as we find rest in Him.

With Jesus, we can have the real refreshment for our soul. We cannot do this by our own strength. We need Him.

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29 (NIV))


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