In the corner of the screen, a number starts flashing.
What, 5 minutes? What? Auuggggh!
Deep breath. Repeat. Again. Click.
Skim. Click! Skim. Click! Skim. Click!! Sk-
“This section of the test has ended.”
That last mutter was out loud. Quiet.
Deep breath, sit up, on to the next section.
Once the certification test is over, the one needed to retain my new job, I don’t know what number I’d stopped at, only that I’d barely passed the midway point of that section. And that all sections must be passed to pass the test. I ask the receptionist how to set up a retake. She gives me a number to call, and I thank her for her pleasant test-side manner.
I call and get the details for re-registering. But then I remember, this is my opportunity to ask God for more.
“I hope that I passed this test, and I don’t have to do this again.” This I make sure to say and pray out loud, and my husband amens.
Funny. Multiple-choice tests used to be like my video game: aim, fire, pkrrr, goal hit!
As a couch potato, I wonder: Is this what it’s like to be an athlete, and then one day you’re sucking for wind, and the finish line seems farther away than it used to be?
Three days later, I’m clicking online for the score report.
In wonder, I read and re-read. “Passed…Passed…Passed…Passed…Passed.” With a score just above the minimum needed on the section where time just ran out.
Back when tests were my video game, I knew where that ability came from, and prayer was part of test-taking: before, during and after. Prayer was about seeking God’s blessing, leaning on Him, and thanking Him then.
It’s interesting, though, how much more our dis-ability engages us in seeking God, in leaning on God, and in thanking Him in awe and wonder.
There will be tests in this new year. There will be trials. But the most seasoned of us test-takers will come to know God’s providence, and His nature, all the better.
Jesus came to show us how to take these tests, and why. As we do so, and choose to trust God for the results, His nature will become ours, more and more. Like Jesus, we will seek to speak what God has to say, to those around us. Like Jesus, we will expect to be about our Father’s business.
Like Jesus, we will seize the time given, addressing our earthly countdown with an eternal mindset.