I read this today on a Message Forum where people share thoughts re Faith and God. I considered that it tied in great to the thoughts by mrsjennymulhall that are posted above. Thus I post it here as to me it is well worth the thought. (Slightly edited to take out names and references not applicable to the overall thought)
"Driving past a school run by a religious organization x a number of weeks ago, they had posted a quote for all to read and their saying for that time was:
"If God had a fridge, your picture would be on it."
When in the throes of a test, whether during or after, the process can appear daunting, chaotic (internally), emotional, confusing, and other “things” as we struggle to find the right way through it. Sometimes, we know it is a test as we are being tested. Sometimes we do not till afterward, when we realize our success or otherwise at dealing with it.
O what an honour, what a privilege, what a joy, that God, Who has all matters in His hands from the rhythm of the universe to the tiniest atom, that He, despite His over-arching Brightness, at the same time loves each one of such that that He tailors individual tests for such a creature as one of us. Though a teacher at school may provide some individual tuition, the lessons are generic, the tests generic, and the results based on that generic-ness. Here we have God who teaches each one of us individually as an individual. If we were in a company, what General Manager or Chief Executive Officer will provide such attention to every individual employee.
Unlike a school, where it is a simple pass or fail, the tests that God, in his bounteous Mercy and Love, provides us with are repeated. If we have passed, one more time as an exultant congratulations. If we have not passed, then the lesson from the previous test may be thought of as a cheat-sheet, that we may be better placed to pass the next round. How many schools, colleges and universities allow one to take a cheat-sheet into exams? Not only that, but if we ask Him, He will even help us pass the test - how many exams in educational institutions that will give you the answers to the questions to ensure that you succeed?
We know that every test is within our capacity, in fact. It is only in theory that the generic tests in our educational institutions are in our capability, for everyone is thought of the same, and one sinks or swims alone as a result. God instead tailors a test to our own individual capacity. How glorious, how wonderful. And we likewise know that, should we not pass, no matter how badly we may feel we have failed, yet we know that such is the confidence of God in our ability that He will give is another chance, free from any perceived taint from the previous attempt. What mortal educator will allow his student unlimited attempts? Yet God does.
But what is the eventual goal of every test? To learn to place our complete trust in God, to put our full reliance in Him. And, to learn how to ask God how best we may pass through, not just our tests, but our every waking moment. For each test but shows us how we may become selfless in His Path, and thus better positioned to become that “hollow reed” spoken of in a well-known prayer.
And then, to top it all off, O glorious One is He, no matter how badly we feel we may have sinned in our not passing a test, He has such love for each one as an individual that He will simply wipe the slate clean if we ask. All we had to do was repent, and all would be forgiven us. Thus we may remain utterly assured that, if our intention and motive and motivation is right, we can restart with a clean slate.
Is there any wonder that we all love our Father such that we would give our all for Him?
What wonderful thoughts - God Bless all and Regards Tony