The word “test” sent her on a detour in her 100 Days of Healing devotional. Maybe
because test-taking had never been her strong suit. As she read the text, she was
reminded of some of her most important tests in life.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes
United. When you hear the word “test,” what is your first thought? Today’s blog from
Kim-Evinda just may give you a new and positive outlook on this word “test,” which is
a reality for all of us.
It had been 34+ years since she had taken her court reporting two-day test, which
had been a not-so-positive experience the first time. She had been so incredibly
nervous, especially for the reporting part of it. She remembered that her hands
shook as if she had cerebral palsy in them ☹ And though she had failed the first time;
but that didn’t deter her from returning to retake it six months later.
She smiled at the memory and returned to her devotional.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my
anxious thoughts.24Point out anything in me that offends you and lead me along the
path of everlasting life.
As she read the New Testament definitions for the word “test,” she was surprised to
learn that this word was most often used in a positive context; but the Old Testament
(Hebrew) definitions were what caught her attention: “Infinitive absolute; figurative of
purifying people, the hearts, purifying.”
A powerful truth came to life more realistically as she rewound her life’s most
significant tests, especially this most recent test that was ongoing: choosing to heal
from a season of betrayal. Failing her court-reporting test that first time was so small
compared to the test of parenting, the test of marriage/divorce, the test of ministry.
As this new revelation sunk into her soul, she realized that every test she had ever
gone through and would go through still was and is not a reflection of her inability,
but an inflection of His ability, His purifying, strengthening her, preparing her.
Another truth settled into her soul and came to the surface of her mind in the quiet:
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your
God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right
Friend, can I encourage you that while there are times when we wish He would use
other ways to strengthen and purify us, Father knows best and will get us through
Tested and loved,