Turning Lemon into Lemonade

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, December 14, 2018


For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13

Uganda is a landlocked country in Eastern Africa with a population of about 35.6 million people. Since its independence from Britain in 1962, Uganda has endured a military coup and contended with a brutal 20-year insurgency in the North, led by the Lord’s Resistance Army. According to UNICEF, Uganda has 2.5 million orphans. 1.2 million of those children are orphans because of the AIDS pandemic.

Today, December 14, 2018, a group of orphans from Uganda will be coming to our church to perform. The group is called the Watoto choir. Watoto was founded by Gary and Marilyn Skinner in 1994 to help orphans and widows at a time of civil war. According to its website, Watoto has since "placed thousands of orphans in families, empowered vulnerable women to reach their communities, rescued babies and former child soldiers, and sent children’s choirs across six continents to sing to the glory of God."

What impresses me the most about the Watoto choirs is the determination and passion of the children to witness through songs despite their circumstance. During their performance, they don’t mind sharing their story to give hope to others through their testimony. I’m sure, underneath their radiant faces and happy dispositions are stories of pain. The best way to describe their attitude is with the old adage that they’ve learned to play the game of life with the hand they’ve been dealt.

In today’s text, God is speaking to the Israelites to remind them of his faithful love for them and his commitment to sustaining them. Therefore, they should not fear, because the Lord will help them. That divine promise and reaffirmation of God’s commitment to the Israelites were necessary to sustain them during their time in exile. It gave them a reason to hope, and the strength to worship the Almighty God in times of hardship.

There will be a time when each of us will have to make lemonade out of a lemon, so to speak; times, when we try to forge a promising future out of painful past. Children are good at doing that. They have this keen ability to find a reason to smile and have fun even when they suffered abuse and neglect.

The Watoto children who will be singing tonight will light up the stage with their smiles. They will move with grace and sing with melodious harmony. Most of the people in the audience will not know the pain they’ve suffered, and how difficult it has been for them to this point. That’s because they’ve learned to turn their lemon into lemonade. Their very ability to sing and laugh should encourage people who are facing hardships. As they sing to the glory of God, we should be confident that God will help us no matter our circumstance. Therefore, we should always rejoice in the Lord.

Whenever I think of the Watoto children, I am awed by their resilience and determination to make the best out of life. Their presence is a reminder to us all that we should not look for pity from others in times of difficulty. Instead, we need the strength of character to take the lemons we have and turn them into lemonade.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, may you give the Watoto children the strength to sing to your glory with joy as they celebrate your goodness to them and to all your creation.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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