THIS Is a Test

Posted by on Mar 3, 2010 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

James 1:2-4 (NASB) says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

I have been contemplating various tests I’ve taken over my lifetime lately.

After I had a reading tutor for a few weeks in first grade, spelling tests were a happier experience for me.  I still have nightmares of being in Auburn and showing up for the final exam having not ever gone to class.  I wake up thinking it’s very real and am so relieved when I realize it was a horrible dream.  I have had tests I failed and tests I worked hard to pass and did pass (Miss Culpepper’s trig tests at Columbus High School).

I took the SAT once and did well enough to get in college on the one attempt.  I’m not so sure that would happen today.

Tests come in a wide variety and at no specific time (except for those set tests in school).  Real life is just full of “pop tests” that catch us by surprise, unaware of their presence until the time comes for them to be revealed.  I dislike pop tests. 

Every Saturday around here, we have that National Weather Service test siren that winds up for a few minutes at noon.  As it begins, the computer man’s voice says, “This is a test…”

It still undoes me.  I remember countless times that the same siren was used but in real storms for real warnings of impending doom.  Just a few years ago, that siren came on while my husband was on his way home from work.  As the boys and I watched the trees twisting and bending before putting ourselves under pillows in the hallway, I was nervous for my husband’s safety.  As he was on the road, trees began falling and blocking his way to our home.  So much damage was done in the path of a violent tornado here in town.  We were all surprised!  We were sad for so many who lost homes.  We were amazed that no one died as a result of such devastation that man could not control.

Ability to reach Rob via cell phone was quite hindered as the reality of a tornado took shape, knowing he was driving right in its path.  About 90 minutes after he left work, he arrived home as he drove through a maze of downed trees to find open roads to home.

He was fine.  I was thankful and overwhelmed at the what ifs should his adventure home not have had such a wonderful ending.

It causes me to think of tests that God sends our way.  I wish He had one of those sirens that blows here on Saturdays as a practice for bad weather.  If He had one, He could turn on the signal and say that it was just a test and that all would be fine afterward.  After all, the sun is shining, right?

But, the reality is this.  God allows tests.  We move through them.  I pray I am pleasing to Him when He puts me in the midst of the trials and tests.

What about you?  How do you handle tests that come your way in life?

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