Times of Testing



“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”    Psalm 55:22



Today has been a day of heartbreak and testing.  I have spent most of the day ministering to people I love as their loved ones face death. As I sit here this afternoon, I feel that I need a dose of laughter to help renew my spirit.



I offer the following story to you in hopes that your heart might be lifted as well…



A certain college student needed a small two-hour course to fill out his schedule. The only one that fit was Wildlife Zoology.  He had some reservations as he heard the course was tough, and the teacher a bit different.



As it was the only choice, he signed up. After one week and one chapter, the professor passed out a test for the class.  It was a sheet of paper divided into squares, and in each square was a carefully drawn picture of some bird legs.



The test simply asked the students to identify the birds from the picture of their legs.  Well, the student was absolutely floored. He didn’t have a clue.



He sat and stared at the test and got madder and madder. Finally, reaching the boiling point, he stomped up to the front of the classroom and threw the test on the teacher’s desk and said, “This is the worst test I have ever seen, and this is the dumbest course I have ever taken.”



The teacher looked up at him and said, “Young man, you just flunked the test.” Then the teacher picked up the paper, saw that the student hadn’t even put his name on it. The teacher asked, “By the way, young man, what is your name?” At this the student bent over, pulled up his pants, revealed his legs and said, “You figure it out!”



I have seen people under great loads today. God has been faithful to them.  No need to figure anything out right now.


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