When life seems to throw many different, yet similarly difficult obstacles in your path, and you believe perhaps that God has abandoned you, and you’re tired of hearing how struggles make us stronger and wonder where Gods help is, think of life like it gives you many unexpected, and difficult pop quizzes that you think you’ll never pass. Pop quizzes are never looked forward to, they never seem helpful while you’re taking them, it seems like minutes are hours if not years, the teacher cannot help you and neither can the other students; all seems lost and hopeless. You often feel alone, especially when it’s a subject you’re already not great at. Your mind goes blank and strains to grasp any answers and you ask, why this pop quiz, why couldn’t it have been something I know more about or could actually handle, how will this pop quiz help me at all?!!! You might be asking yourself how this could possibly help your teacher, or maybe they are feeling pleasure from your discomfort, why else would pop quizzes be unannounced so you couldn’t study ahead of time… perhaps so that the teacher can watch the students squirm?
The answer is often times simpler than your quiz, which is why it’s difficult to hear, especially while you’re still in the middle of your quiz. Pop quizzes aren’t meant to make you suffer, often times if students are well prepared for the chance of a pop quiz, they might struggle a bit but in the end make it out alive. The point of a pop quiz is for the teacher to see where you are in terms of preparedness. Your teacher wants to know where you are without their help, as to afterwards meet you where you are and give you the tools so you can do it on your own.
If God is the teacher, and he allows pop quizzes to come into our lives, and it seems he’s not helping, it’s because he wants to see where we are to prove that we are prepared for hard times, because he went through hard times too. It’s true that hard times makes us stronger because after the strenuous pop quiz, the teacher can help you pick up the pieces, especially if you ask for help. The teacher will correct your mistakes and give you the tools to improve on what you already have.
It may be difficult during the pop quiz but we must stay strong. It’s okay to get upset and question God, but then you must breathe and remember to have serenity and faith through the fire. Only then will it prove the authenticity of what you claim to believe, and prove to God that you do believe that he is on your side and that he will not let you get burned.