Friday, May 20, 2011

Testing and the Calm Before the Test

There’s a place of peace that precedes a wealth of stormy testing — God never begins before we’re ready.

So, if you’re tested in a dark night surround, take heart, you’re ready for it. God has deemed you competent for it; though many times we can feel incompetent — failure becoming us for the sharp abyss of self-doubt. Still, it remains; with a quick reminder to the affirmative we’re actually good for the testing. It’s purposed for our growth.

If God brings the test we should know, intellectually, we’re ready.

Testing – A Momentous Occasion

As we embark, we learn as we go. That’s okay.

Momentary failure is not the final word — we should never pronounce that evil upon ourselves.

Instead, we go forth knowing full well the enormity, the value, and the fear involved, in and of the testing. We anticipate it. But, let’s understand, there’s no home-ground advantage anymore; we’re playing away.

If we don’t underestimate it or be overawed by it, we’re mentally and physically ready. Strength has an unremitting ruthlessly honest balance about it.

In God’s name we can succeed, as we recall the words of Winston Churchill: “If you’re going through hell, keep going!”

The perception of testing is that it’s hell. Just as easily, however, we can fast-forward to the benefit we’re already receiving from it.


Now, appreciate the calm that comes before arduous times. Rest and prepare.

© 2011 S. J. Wickham.

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