False positives…

Ever thought about the amazingness of “false positives” before?

I have this week…

I could take a test, ace it, and the assumption would be I really knew the material, right? But, what if I cheated? That would be a “false positive”.

I could take a test, fail it, and the assumption would be that I didn’t know the material, right? But, what if the person grading it used the wrong answer key? That would be another type of “false positive”.

I feel like this is what happens with me sometimes, as I try to figure out what the Lord is doing in my life.

Sometimes I take the “test”, do well, and think an outcome couldn’t possibly go a different way, only to end up feeling “cheated” by some unexpected turn of events…

Or sometimes I take the “test”, fail miserably, only to have a better answer revealed I never would have thought of!

Perhaps this is what the Lord means when he speaks through Paul in Philippians 4:11b-13: “…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

Through “false positives”, He’s not just teaching me to be OK with “a win or a loss”, a “healing or a sickness”, a “blessing or a tragedy”, a “downpour or a drought”, He’s also teaching me to not dwell so much on guessing what the outcome is going to be. Wow. What a beautiful way for me to be told I AM NOT GOD. Thank You, Lord, for putting me in my place! 🙂

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