Well, you may all be shocked and surprised to learn that this fresh-faced beauty right here is soon to be the owner of a seventeen-year-old. Crazy? I know! Considering most of the time, I think like and behave like a twenty-year-old.
So this week, off I went to the post office to get my soon to be seventeen year old a driver licence application form. Which, may I add, after four days is still sitting on my kitchen table untouched by said almost seventeen year old. But anyway, according to the laws of boys, this is perfectly normal behaviour, and God has been good enough to equip me with the grace to let incompletion of said document not to cause any unrest!! Only kidding, it drives me batty. This kid needs a rocket up his butt to do anything. If he was any more laid back, he would be horizontal… (I’m green with envy, of course, would love to have his laid back approach to life.)
Any discussions about driving, my son assured me that at the ripe old age of sixteen, with no prior driving experience, that he is a very competent driver and perfectly capable of driving and will get his licence in no time. Good luck with all that I say!
The wee rascal is a bit of an expert in proving me wrong, so, actually it wouldn’t surprise me if he flew through his lessons and test and passed first go, and I really hope he does. Because learning can be an expensive business, eh?!
And I wouldn’t just be talking about driving lessons. I didn’t pass my test first go. I pulled out in front of another vehicle and bagged myself a major fault and a bit of whiplash as the tester slammed the breaks, and a good tongue lashing and a red face for my stupidy. Naturally, I was gutted, slightly embarrassed and feeling a whole lot inadequate. I was a mum of two boys. I had a lovely car sitting at the front door. I knew I was a capable driver, and yet I had failed the test.
In life, we often don’t understand the lesson until we have failed the test. I like to think of myself as reasonably steadfast in my faith and my love and obedience for God, but when ill health hit, only then did I truly understand just how rocky my faith really was. We think we know our own hearts well, but do we really?
Good News. We might not, but God does. At all times he can see the condition of our heart. He knows the things that will test our faith, the trials that will shake us. He also knows and understands the areas that need to be strengthened.
“Teach us to realise the brevity of life so that we may grow in wisdom.”
Psalms 90:12 NLT
I believe, in times of testing and trials, the enemy wants to convince us that God isn’t good, that he doesn’t love us in these seasons and circumstances; the enemy wants to pull out the worst in us. Fear, doubt, anger, insecurity, but at times of trials and testing God wants to call out the best in us. When we are tested, we grow stronger, we mature, we grow to believe in God’s promises and provision, and ultimately we will give the glory to God
I think that in times of testing, we have a choice to thank God and ask him how we grow in this experience, or reject him, listen to the enemy and be even more miserable in our circumstances.
“Joyful are those you discipline, Lord, those you teach with your instructions.”
Psalms 94:12 NLT
It is not always easy to say, Hey God, I feel like a big loser, I’m sorry but can you help me do better next time? But can I encourage you to do just that next time you’re faced with that failing feeling. Don’t lie under the enemy’s lies and condemnation.
“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”
Romans 12:12 NLT
Be cautious of the voice you listen to in times of testing. The world, The enemy or God.
Draw close to the Lord, thank him for his fatherly correction, learn from the experience and strengthen yourself in him.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Romans 12:2 NLT