I still remember when I had to get a snapshot taken for my driver’s license. Well, truth be told, I was not at all prepared to have a picture taken that day.
Woke up late. Practically rushed out of the house to make it in time for my license. Sporting an unkempt beard. The picture looked like I belonged to an extremist group. And no, I am not going to share that picture with you. Not really picture perfect, right? Ok, enough, stop imagining.
Now, imagine if life would unexpectedly take a snapshot of you while you were in the midst of the various tests of life, what would you look like? Would it be panicky, anxious, a red nose from crying all night, dark circles around your eyes from lack of sleep? Or would it be confident, assured, positive and happy? Have you imagined how much better our testimonies would look only if we knew that our reactions were being recorded?
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” But what if we not just knew this by heart but did really believe in what it says. How then would your snapshot look like?
A dear friend of mine, was going through something that was nerve-wrecking. I was trying to be the, “you can do it” Bible coach. At one point, all hell broke loose and the person replied saying, “Yes I can but this is ‘unnerving'”. Right then it occurred to me, “It’s not a test if it is not unnerving.”
2+2 is not a challenge for me. It’s simple. I know that answer. But for a 2 year old who does not know, that 2+2 is a test. A test is only a test if it pushes you out of your comfort zone.
As God sees it, the greater the shaking in your life means the greater is your capacity to pass the test. And the stronger you stand in God, the greater your destiny will be.
My question to you today is, will you be caught smiling or what? Think again. Or have you panicked already?
Just as a camera’s flash, life has a way of catching you quick and unexpected. Don’t let it rattle you. Be still and know who your God is.
Tell yourself, “It’s only a test and this too will pass.” How calm you remain in your storm is a sign of how much you trust God. And smile through your test for a better testimony.
Let us say as Jesus said, (prophetically quoted in Isaiah 50:7), “Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.”
What do you think your life’s snapshot would look like? Would it be worth sharing?