I can’t believe that I have never written about lemon drops! I know I’ve written about lemon drops in my head. As a matter of fact I think the book that is inside of me is called Lemon Drop Faith. (*all rights reserved, if you use this title I will hunt you down and wrestle it from you*).
Lemon Drop Faith is the sweet and sour of our faith.
My Grandpa Adolf carried these little drops of goodness in his shirt pocket. Many days after school he’d be in our backyard or in the shed working away. I would run right to him and ask him for a lemon drop. He’d always hand one over and ask me how my day was. Usually, I’d want to just run off but Grandpa wouldn’t let me, he wanted relationship. How was your day? I would answer enough, so as to appease him and possibly get another lemon drop.
Grandpa taught me about Jesus’ Character.
patient, loving, caring, friendly, long-suffering, determined, sweet, simple, leader, generous, gentle, strong
Faith is both sweet and sour at times. The sweetness of faith brings hope and comfort. Faith in Jesus as my savior is my strength. How would I live without it? How would the hard times be less hard without Faith? The sour part of faith…..faith in an unseen, untouchable God is hard. That’s why its called faith right? Trusting in what you do not see? Believing in the unbelievable. But more then that, faith believes that ALL things work together for good. All things meaning, divorce, death, illness, bankruptcy, murder, rape, all things. Sour Faith. But sweet none-the-less. Do you get what I mean?
As I look back on those afternoons with grandpa, I wish I would have taken more time to tell him every detail of my day. That is what he was wanting. He wanted to be in relationship with me. Jesus is the same. He longs to hear from us, to interact with us, to be in relationship with us. Like Grandpa, Jesus is always there, willing to listen, wanting to be with you, desiring to hear you call His name. Waiting to give you a little goodness from his shirt pocket.
Let Him will fill you with Lemon Drop faith. Its what you need, its what you were made to desire, it is the key you are missing. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste and see that God is good. Ask for faith, lemon drop faith, to believe in the sweet and sour of it all.
I love you Grandpa.