Fill In The Blank!

I’ve never appreciated taking tests. Even as a child, I wanted to know the deeper meaning and purpose. Wasn’t there another way to ascertain my knowledge? Apparently not. If I go further, I’d share that I preferred multiple choice tests much more than those that require one to fill in the blank. This was because I understood that within the multiple choice, the answer was there – it was a just a matter of time and determination that I figured out the appropriate response. However, with fill in the blank, I needed to know the answer and generate it without assistance or hints. Also, if I filled in the blank incorrectly, then not even partial credit would be provided. Occasionally the class would convene and caucus the teacher to throw out the question because it was confusing, or some other creative methodology we would create to get what we wanted. Contrary, with a fill in the blank, either you answer it correctly or incorrectly. Which brings me back to my original thesis, about my displeasure for taking tests, but specifically fill in the blank. While my many instructors and professors made it abundantly clear that credit would not be given if a fill in the blank was not completed, the ultimate teacher does His best work when we leave a blank.

Do you ever get so busy that you find yourself nearly attempting to out complete God? Might you believe that under the right conditions and the appropriate amount of manipulation, you know in a holy way, you can become the author and finisher of your own faith? Surely God has granted anointing and power to us to walk upon serpents, and yet still there is definitive evidence to simply let God be the completer of all that is missing from our lives. In Exodus 3:14, when Moses was uncertain as to what to say who sent him, God instructed him to say the I AM. Perhaps you’ve heard it said that Moses was receiving the answer to a fill in the blank question! Glory to God! Everything that Moses and the people of Israel needed was provided by the I AM. But the good news is that it wasn’t just the answer for Moses. It operates in the same context for those who follow Christ. God is (fill in the blank)! Whatever we need Him to be, He is. We needn’t worry about the fact that we don’t have an answer. Yet, that reality doesn’t mean the test ends immediately. No in fact, when we come to the realization that He is the one to fill in the blank, to complete a thing, we can expect the testing to become difficult even the more.

So then, what is the point? I’ve spent more time attempting to locate this answer than attempting to avoid the fill in the blank question. I wish I knew the answer for hurt, pain, disappointment, rejection, depression, fear and even death. When it comes to many of those experiences, ones that I’ve personally walked (and walk) through, and ones that I’ve called upon the name of the Lord for you, I have no unequivocal answer. I do however have the absolute solution, the I AM. No matter what problem we are attempting to solve, the answer was granted at Calvary, when the Blood of Jesus came streaming down, streaming down into every area of our lives and into the blanks.

4 Comments

  1. Lisa -  October 16, 2018 - 8:27 am 258

    Multiple choice is my favorite too, but really have a test phobia. I encourage my child to do her best and take a deep breath.

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    • Stephanie -  October 20, 2018 - 1:38 pm 261

      Yes! We can learn a lot from breathing and noticing the extent to which we do or do not!

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  2. Elizabeth -  October 20, 2018 - 12:50 pm 260

    Thank you the message and the reflective Fill In The Blank question. God is ….

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    • Stephanie -  October 20, 2018 - 1:38 pm 262

      Amen! Praise God! God is everything we need and more than we can imagine!

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