Thursday, January 27, 2011
The Lemonade Machine
In light of what Jesus was ministering to me about the great cloud of witnesses being a part of us, and after the prodding of my mother, I felt that sharing this vision that I had last year was important.
I either saw this in August or September of 2010.
I'm taken to heaven and a small group of people lead me up a metal staircase. They are dressed in yellow contamination suits. They greet me so warmly and genuinely and know me. They keep saying, "We are so glad that you came and that you are here!" I start thinking and feeling that they are my family and my thoughts are, "Do I know you?" I soon realize though that I feel this way because they are saints, and we really are family.
They are really excited to show me what they are doing, and wave me through a door at the top of the staircase. This leads to a hallway with windows that overlook a very wide and tall room that holds a complex-looking machine.
They gesture me into the room with happy anticipation to share this with me. I ask what the machine is, and they say that it turns lemons into lemonade.
There are scaffolding stairs all throughout the machine, so the "family" leads me through the whole thing, explaining things to me and showing me how things work. I'm barely listening though because I have NO idea what a lemonade machine is doing in heaven.
Jesus then speaks to me. He says, "I turn peoples' lemons into lemonade. Their negative things I turn into positive things, but they must first trust me with their lemons. People are afraid to hand over their negatives to me completely."
He then had me look at the complex and intricate machine again and said, "It is a process to turn lemons into lemonade. People must learn to trust the process."
I felt the vision was partly given me for encouragement but also for intercession, and I began to pray that people would learn to trust Jesus with their lemons.
I'm not sure how many days or weeks later, but in September I was shown heaven again, and I saw the throne room. Jesus was sitting on the right side, and lemons were being tossed at Jesus's feet. The pile is growing steadily taller. I remember the lemonade machine. I look at Jesus and ask why there are so many lemons. He says, "More and more people are trusting me with their lemons. Remember, it's a process, but I will turn them into lemonade."
So be encouraged and hand over your negatives to Jesus! I pray that I do the same in EVERY circumstance.
1 Peter 5:6-7 "Then be humbled under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in time; casting all your anxiety onto Him, because it matter to Him concerning you." (I added the bold to emphasize the process)
Romans 8:28 "But we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to purpose."
Psalm 55:22 "Cast on Jehovah what He has given, and He will keep you; He will not give the righteous to waver, forever."
Philippians 4:4-7 "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, Rejoice! Let your reasonableness be known to all men. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and by petition, with thanksgivings, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."