We have a series of tests going on this weekend. Today my son has his usual lineup of spelling and math tests at school. This evening my husband is testing for his second-degree brown belt, and tomorrow my daughter is having her first karate belt test. On Tuesday I go in for my MRI test.
These are all very different kinds of tests, but they all have a couple of things in common: 1) they reflect what exists at the time of the test, and 2) they provide opportunities to learn something more.
This series of tests is very short-term. In the long-term picture, we are always undergoing a series of tests called "life."
Sheri Dew said, "For indeed, this life is a test. It is only a test—-meaning, that's all it is. Nothing more, but nothing less. It is a test of many things—-of our convictions and priorities, our faith and our faithfulness, our patience and our resilience, and in the end, our ultimate desires."
The experiences we go through in life do test us in these ways. Each new experience gives us the opportunity to demonstrate what already exists within us, and it also provides an opportunity to learn more.
I am grateful for the comforting knowledge that life is an open-book test when we know who we are, why we are here, and where to turn for help any time we need it.