When life hands you a lemon, realize that this is part of the circumstantial will of God.
Making lemonade entails using creativity. Instead of wasting time being angry or asking God why (all of which are perfectly understandable states for humans to fall into) we can choose to use our energy, transmuting evil into good.
In The Will of God, Leslie D. Weatherhead relates that there are two parts to the circumstantial will of God, which will affect us due to our free will and the oneness that we share as brothers and sisters on the planet. A natural sense of pain, through the physical body or emotional states, shows up most commonly, taking the forefront of our attention. Our first inclination to look at God and ask why in these moments is as seemingly appropriate as a child’s cries to a parent, “If you are good, then why am I in pain?” This in an instinctual response to life when dealing with the Will in less than ideal situations.
It is the spiritual sense (the second part of God’s circumstantial will) that allows us to be creative in response. “Christ did not just submit to this dread event of the Crucifixion with what we miscall ‘resignation,'” states Weatherhead, “He took hold of the situation. Given those circumstances which evil had produced, it was also God’s will that Jesus should not just die like a trapped animal, but that he should so react to evil, positively and creatively, as to wrest good out of evil circumstances… In other words, by doing the circumstantial will of God we open up the way to God’s ultimate triumph with no loss of anything of value to ourselves.”
There is no loss of anything of value. This is a powerful statement! God’s will is to help each person to be “…a complete and integrated personality in union with himself.” In order to deal with lack or with pain in the physical sense, a beautiful interdependency with others, in creativity, will be the modality through which God’s intentional will may occur. So the ultimate union with others/union with God comes about after a time of struggle with others/free will/self. It is through our humanity that we find suffering, but it is also through our humanity that we devise answers. We need both independence and community to make our way through. So the creative aspect is achieved through sublimation, which I will cover more in part four.