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Lessons from the Lime Tree | Not Quite Amish

Lessons from the Lime Tree



I was picking limes off our tree that just overflows with sweet little green gems and there at the tippy top, smack in the center, was THE lime I wanted. It looked so perfect! But I couldn’t figure out how to reach it. I wasn’t tall enough even if I had gotten a ladder. Plus, the idea of being jabbed by all the thorns didn’t seem fun.

So what did you do?

Well I thought maybe if I got in the center of the tree, I could go from underneath it. In my mind, I should have been able to reach straight up and get my hands on the perfection I was after.


Once I got under the tree, hugging the trunk, I looked up and all I could see was this mass of leaves, branches, and some inferior limes to the one my heart desired. But I truly couldn’t find my lime anymore. It was no longer in view. Instead it had become blocked from sight. I couldn’t help but be reminded of our current life situation.

What do you mean?

I feel like the last couple of years, I have worked so hard to be able to obtain my own life’s version of THE perfect lime, and now I have lost sight of my goal due to circumstances. You know we have been making tough choices financially to work toward being debt-free, I have barely slept so I could build a product and brand, we have been praying together feverishly, and then bam! We were smacked with the news that the job that provided the majority of income for our family no longer existed. My love has been left saddened, but not defeated, that the career he had passion for is no longer in place. We went from being a few rungs on a ladder away from reaching our goal to being covered in muck with no golden treasure in sight.

I know the view right now seems distorted. But I have a clear view, and I see hundreds of perfect limes. I can see the dream you speak of . . . the one you hoped for. It is a good desire, but you know what?


I can also see ten, twenty, actually I see an infinite number of other hopes and dreams that are just perfect for you and possibly even more perfect than the ones you had crafted and created.

That is so hard to imagine. How could it get any better or any sweeter? I just don’t understand.

Not to toot my own horn, but let me just remind you of this:

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)

Wow! You can do anything? More than I can imagine? Things beyond my wildest dream?

Yep! It may not look like the pictures on the blogs you read, but I can promise you what is to come has been designed just for you and your family.

From my vantage point, that is so hard to fathom. But, I know I trust you. I trust you. If you can do more than I have requested, then I look forward to reaching the lime You have for me and squeezing the juice out of it.

Don’t worry. We will make some great limeades from that lime.

I look forward to it. Cheers!

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Carey Bailey (29 Posts)

Carey Bailey‘s husband describes her as a woman who loves to dance around the living room in her pj’s, loves Blue Bell Pralines and Cream ice cream, loves her kids, and loves Jesus! This fun-loving mother of two also has a passion for helping fellow women discover ways to create a powerful relationship with Christ. She is the author of Cravings, an innovative 40 day devotional for busy moms that allows them to draw closer to the Lord in the midst of busyness. And the bonus is that is comes with a zero calorie cupcake.


  1. Can’t wait to enjoy that limeade with you! 🙂

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