Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart.  Deuteronomy 8:2

When I was in school, tests were given in order to know what was in my head.  I was pretty good at memorizing lists of information the night before a biology exam.  Making up acronyms to help recall facts was kind of fun and I would pace back and forth across the living room reciting my secret codes until I had them all down.  (For instance, Fly Away Right Before Midnight = the vertebrates in the animal kingdom: Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals.  Oh!   And ToMMY was a real fun guy – fungi – get it?  Toadstools, Mold, Mushrooms and Yeast. Hey, it worked for me – I remembered that one after 30-some years!)

The next morning I could walk into the classroom and regurgitate the data onto each correct blank; by afternoon, however, most of it was forgotten.  The system got me through high school with pretty good grades, but, unfortunately, not much real knowledge.

God’s tests are run a little differently.  He’s not as interested in what’s in our heads as much as what’s in our hearts.  And the only way to find that out is to spend some time wandering around in a hot, dry desert without food and water.  When we are in a position where we can’t make it on our own and our only hope of survival is complete dependence on God, it won’t be long before whatever is in our hearts comes leaking out: either grumbling and defiance or surrender and obedience.  It’s true: when you are being squeezed, whatever is inside will come out.

The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and all your soul.  Deuteronomy 13:3

6 thoughts on “Tests

  1. So true. In the context of the soon-to-be-married I’ve been thinking about how my perspectiveand heart has changed from Dennis’s and my being-in-love-days to now, our deeply-in-love days. With him, and with Christ, I’m all for the deeply-in-love. 🙂 I’m not sure there’s any way to get to that point without some desert experience.

    • Neat thought. There’s nothing like love that’s been tested and tried. So glad you are still deeply-in-love with your husband!! Anyone soon-to-be-married in your fam?!

  2. whenever I think of squeeze, I think of lemons, which makes me think if life gives you lemons, make lemonaid- I am conplaining about the squeeze but oh the taste of freshly squeezed lemonaid makes my heart jump for joy ( all the wonderful memories of lemonaid my gram made)

  3. Dinah,
    It was great to see you, Blake and Sam last night. I have thought a lot about you guys lately. God has been doing something amazing in my life lately even though I have had a very trying few months (My grandpa Schroeder passed away last Thursday after a short battle with cancer). I feel now that as much as my heart is being squeezed that it is coming out surrender and obedience. Last night before the concert I was reading this blog to my friends Myriah and Denise. I have told them alot about how you and Blake have been such a big part of my Christian life. I felt like Louie G. was saying the same thing as your blog to me. And then to run into you guys was simply amazing! God is amazing!!
    Thank you!

    • Betsy! Your comment is making my cry! It’s so wonderful to see the kids we worked with years ago grow into beautiful, God-loving men and women and to see how God is still moving in lives! Crazy! You have no idea how much it means to me that you read my blog! Katie was so excited to get your pic! Stay in touch! Stop in sometime for a real visit!

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