This year for the Write 31 Days Challenge, I’m following prompts designed by Christian Hubbard at Creative and Free for the Five Minute Friday community. I write for five minutes each day and post my free writing here. Today’s prompt is test.
What is your test?
Does it seem to you that when you begin the implementation of the work you are to do, here comes the test?
Why when you are moving in your dreams, do the tests seem to come harder and faster?
Why when you have the tiny bit of uncertainty do the tests seem to loom larger?
What is it about stepping out despite your insecurities, that makes the test of your confidence seem to scream louder and longer?
It gets hard, people and life don’t cooperate, it does not work the way you expected it to, it’s harder then you thought it would be – on and on are the challenges to this great thing you thought you were to do.
Maybe I am the only one that struggles when what I am seeking to accomplish faces a test. Maybe the test of what we dream of accomplishing is common to us all, yet we hesitate to speak of it. There really is no new test that someone before you has not already faced. Now you may not know anyone personally. And I know the feelings of being alone in the test are very really. Yet, I can speak with confidence. You are not alone!
Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.
(I Corinthians 10:13, Good News Translation)
How do you respond to a test?
Do you ignore it? Does it stop you? Maybe you push the fear aside. Muddle through the uncertainty. Reevaluate your plan and question whether this dream is really ready to be brought to life.
What is the appropriate way to respond to a test?
That question could take months to answer. Study of Biblical principles for handling it, or delving into how others have handled a test. Reviewing our plan and reevaluating our approach. Hours of prayer and seeking advice and counsel from others. Different approaches to minimizing the effect of the test.
It all seems too much even now to consider . . . so for now I will stop. I’ll post. And yet, I continue to consider the idea of tests and how we ought to respond. And I rest in the reality, that when I really need to know – the answer will be here for me to see. I’ll know what to do – and I’ll move on through the test.
When you face a test, I pray you will have strength and faith. May you know you are not alone. May the God Who does see, Who does care, and Who will provide strengthen you.
Growing my ability and skill to write is one of my goals for this year. As fall comes and schedules settle into the new normal with school and work, I am making time to grow my writing. Part of that growing is simply writing practice.
To keep me accountable as I seek to write each day, I am participating in October’s Write 31 Days Challenge. Along with others from Five Minute Fridays who are free writing for our 31 Days Challenge, I’ll be writing and posting each day in October. Check out my landing page for a list of all the prompts and associated posts as they go live. If you leave your address in the sign up space at the top of each page, I’ll send you an email with each days post.