“Take out a quarter sheet of paper.” A pop quiz in biology—groan!! (Grrr!) I hated them. (Amusingly, I had a prof in college who would announce “pop quizzes” ahead of time!) But without opportunity to prepare, how could I be confident of doing well? Does one ALWAYS have to be ready with all the right responses?
Now many years later in real life, I find that tests—yes, God’s pop quizzes—are still there. An aggravation suddenly presents itself. How do I respond? Sometimes I look back and realize that I just took a test—and failed it! As a friend once said, when your bucket is kicked, what spills out?
My prayer is, “Lord, sweeten me up so that when the next pop-quiz comes, I will pass: I will respond according to my new nature in ways that please You and bless others.”