Testing… Testing 1, 2, 3

 In Empowerment

Have you ever had one of those weeks where it just seems like nothing is going right? Every time you turn around, a problem appears, and it feels like you just can’t catch a break. This explains how my week went last week.

The eventfulness began on Sunday morning while getting ready to leave for church. Packing up four kids is a task on any day, but on this day, I realized my purse was missing. This purse contained my ID, my credit card, and my car keys. After over an hour of my husband, kids, and me searching, praying, and reciting the verse Philippians 4:6, my purse was still missing. That evening we began preparations to replace the necessities, making an appointment for a new driver’s license, canceling my credit card, and getting a new car key.

I asked God to show me what He was trying to teach me and use this as a learning experience. There was a possibility of my purse had been stolen, but I felt God telling me to keep looking. So, for the next few days, the search continued.

In the meantime, we were able to get a key made for our vehicle; however, when we tried to use the key it didn’t work! So, back we went to get another key and make sure it was programmed correctly. Another instance occurred while driving my husband’s vehicle to take our daughter to preschool. I could see the car was low on gas but thought I would have enough for the trip. And I almost did, but the car ran out of gas right before making it to the gas station. Just one more thing to add to my week! Yet, even with a lost purse, car key issues, and running out of gas, I tried to maintain a positive attitude and keep the frustration at bay by reminding myself that God is still in control.

In Matthew 8:23-27, Jesus and his disciples are on a boat when a sudden violent storm comes up on the lake. The waves sweep over the small boat and terrify the disciples, yet Jesus is sleeping peacefully through the storm. The terrified disciples wake Jesus and plea for help, to which Jesus replies, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then, Jesus calms the wind and the waves, and the disciples are amazed.

In life, we all go through storms, whether big or small, yet the important thing to always remember is that God is in control, no matter how chaotic life seems. If we keep Him first, not only will we have a peace that surpasses all understanding, but we can focus on what God wants us to learn from the storm. Charles Swindoll said, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” God puts us through testing daily to see how we will respond. Often, it’s to help us put things into perspective, to test if we are trusting in him and not this world.

As for my personal testing this week, God made me truly thankful for a loving and supportive husband, children, parents, family, and friends who helped get me through a few tough days. As I was finishing this blog, my four-year-old daughter came into my room and exclaimed, “Mommy! Look!” I looked up and there’s my missing purse! Turns out, my three-year-old son had hidden my purse in the back of the bathroom cabinet. I thank God for answering prayers and times of testing because they remind me that He is always in control.

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  • Kizzie

    Love your blog post. I think everyone needs to take time out and appreciate the small and wonderful things God has given us. It gets hard sometimes but like I was told from my great aunt there will be some brighter days that will out weigh the bad days.

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