If you’re not living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the heart-warming tv show “This Is Us,” that debuted in fall 2016. This show will pull on your heart strings from he moment you start the first episode. It gives one of the most selfless and pure examples of love that've been on tv in a number of years.
The show begins in the 1970s and continues to present day, sharing the stories of every member of a specific family and how what seem to be random happenstances, change all of their lives — it’s real life. The episode “The Big Day” is one of the only episodes that is set completely in the 70’s as a backstory episode. In my opinion, it is one of the most tear-jerking episodes, I'm a crier though. I adored this episode because it dealt with the human condition in the best way possible. Now, I’m not going to tell you about the episode if you haven’t seen it; go watch it.
Theres a line in this episode that goes, “It seems he may have taken the worst thing that's happened to him, in his life, and tried to push on.” I love that because so many people get stuck in the instances that have “ruined” them or knocked them down. And hey, I’m the first to admit that I give too much credit to my brokenness sometimes.
I wish it were that easy, to turn the worst into something beautiful, just be deciding right then and there, but it’s usually not. The initial decision is the first step, on a journey of a million more. The catch is, we have to wake up every day and decide that despite our failures, our brokenness, our loneliness, our regrets, our “lemons” that we are going to turn it into lemonade.
Isiah 61:3 says, “to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.”
How absolutely marvelous is that? Jesus comin’ in clutch with the redemption of our mishaps. He’s just hanging out up there in heaven like “Hey, you know all that awful stuff that’s happened to you, I’ll trade you. I’ll give you something better.” Sure, maybe thats not what we had planned, in fact theres a pretty good chance it won’t be what we had planned at all, but if we choose to turn over our lemons, they’ll probably turn into lemonade.
One last thing — one of my favorite quotes from “This Is Us” is this, “You took the sourest lemon that life has to offer and turned it into something resembling lemonade; if you can do that then you will still have something amazing, just maybe not the way you planned.” They have used it a total of 5 separate times throughout the show and I love how they keep reiterating the importance of finding beauty in our brokenness.