This is a test of the emergency services with this blog ,)
Recently, there was a glitch with some web stuff, causing some stress but not weeping or gnashing of teeth 🙂
Seems that when we go through test seasons, hopefully they’re short, it’s a chance for us to do some depth charge work. Tests can reveal weakspots where we need to get better at trusting God. Tests can be encouraging to us when they show us how much we’ve grown. Tests can also show us where we need to get better at teamwork or being more independent, whichever can be more natural or fleshly to us. I don’t like tests, but they certainly show me some essential information and they help me lean into the Holy Spirit better, which is good for everyone most of all, me!
So testing 1, 2, 3 – let’s go through the test and relish the outcomes! 🙂
Lately, I’ve gone through some tricky situations that have the potential to turn out very harmful – cant say that I’m loving the “thrill”. But I’m also coming to the conclusion that these kinds of situations are exactly what I need to grow & learn in some very important areas. Getting stronger, wiser, more healthy & generally improving happens with effort & commitment, not usually with being passive, oblivious or apathetic. But here is something important that I’m learning: I need The Holy Spirit / Helper to help me. If I try to grow & learn without The Helper’s direction, input, wisdom & strength then my humanity can warp, twist & distort the lessons. These outcomes without The Helper become harmful & even destructive. I need Help to pass these tests 🙂
I’m a huge fan of convenience & things that make my life less complicated & more efficient, especially in this busy holiday season. But if I’m not careful, convenience can be a deceptive sinkhole – if something is inconvenient I don’t do it or it falls down to a low place on my priority list. While this may seem logical & effective the “convenience” approach to life can potentially sabotage my intimacy with God, simply because God isn’t always convenient. In fact, I find that God is sometimes very inconvenient – requesting my time, attention & presence at inconvenient times. With all that being said, perhaps the convenience test is more about my priorities & less about my achievements – just something to think about 🙂
I used to teach Jr High & High School and I thoroughly loved teaching!! My students to this day would probably tell you that I was a hard teacher and my tests were particularly difficult. It’s true, I did give rough tests & I did my level best to have them graded and returned by the next day because I firmly believed that my students would learn the most if I could get their tests graded and returned asap. Their tests would help them see where they were solid and the areas where they needed to make improvements. Ultimately, the tests were not for my benefit, but rather for my students and I wanted to help them get the most out of them that I possibly could.
To me, this is interesting because there are several occasions in the Bible where God tested people and several verses that imply that He still tests us – to show us our strengths and weakspots. Sometimes when we go through difficult seasons or seasons that seem to be murky or deficient in purpose, these can often be tests. In the tests that I now recognize that God has given me, I’ve learned some extremely helpful things – the importance of wisdom, the power of patience, the significance of trust and the vitality of genuine love, plus more. Even though we often don’t like tests, they can certainly be very valuable 🙂