Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever passed a significant test of faith only to fail a rather small one? Like follow your husband to move to Ohio but whine and complain on the car ride there about being stuck in Frederick’s rush hour. Truth is there aren’t nearly as many big “tests” as there are pop quizzes so to speak. These pop quizzes are part of everyday life. A pop quiz in everyday life is found in the bathroom where we find our toddler has put an entire roll of toilet paper into the toilet…and then took it out again. One quiz takes place in Target where the person in front of us needed a price check on three different items. Then there is the pop quiz of the phone call from our husband that he is going to be home late…again. Or the high maintenance boss who is freaking out over a deadline. Or the break room where your co-workers are gossiping about that boss. It’s the mountain of laundry knee-deep, and PMS week and sick kids and…well you get the idea.
I think sometimes we encounter a bigger test and recognize it as an invitation to grow in faith and experience profound grace. Somehow in the big tests we see our weakness more clearly. We know our need for amazing grace. But the pop quizzes often are overlooked as invitations to grow in faith and experience profound grace. We think we should be able to handle this little thing on our own. Of course, we might not say it or even think it consciously. But the truth is, I really am too weak to encounter even small tests without an active dependence on the grace of God. This is humbling. But this is the way to experience the profound power of God at work in my life on an everyday basis, and not just when something significant happens.
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to (everyday) life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.