Thursday, June 17, 2010

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

"Touchdown Jesus" is what it has been called. Well, the famous statue in Monroe, Ohio (pictured above - I thought all the Ohio State fans might like this picture) was struck by lightning and destroyed by fire earlier this week (story here).

My first reaction upon hearing this was how sad it was. The damage to the statue alone is $300,000. But then I heard what has happened as a result.

The story has been broadcast all over the world and the pastor of Solid Rock Church said that the destruction of the monument has brought as much attention as the building of it, if not more.

On the surface, this seems like a bad thing and some are agreeing by saying that this is God showing His displeasure at this statue. However, when you look at the incredible media attention around the world, all this is doing is making Jesus even more famous, and that is a good thing.

To me, this is a great picture of one of God's promises to us. He tells us in 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. That is God's way, turning lemons into lemonade. The cool thing about it is that He promises to do this in our lives too if we love Him and are called according to His purpose!

Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.
Isaiah 26:8

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