I always ask for lemon with my sweet tea. It adds a bit of sour to the sweetness and the combination is pretty satisfying. But to get the zesty citrus flavor into the drink the fruit has to be pressed and squeezed. I imagine it is uncomfortable for the lemon wedge, but it changes the beverage experience into something beyond average.
Have you ever heard the quote by Theodore Roosevelt, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life.” I have come to know Truth in these words. The more difficult a project or task, the more fulfilled I am upon its completion. I think the same is true when we are asked to endure difficult circumstances and tragedy. The way we choose to let the situation affect us can define our joy or our misery. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” (Elbert Hubbard ) When we are faced with adversity and misfortune it can sour us or we can choose to endure by His Grace and sweeten the journey. Oswald Chambers said it this way, “The burden God places squeezes the grapes and out comes the wine.” I choose lemonade, wine & sweet tea with lemon:)
“Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you…” Psalm 55:22
The photo above is just a portion of the painting titled "Sweet Tea with Lemon". To see it in its entirety visit my website www.janefnewman.com or stop by In Town Gallery.
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