Chandler, our 16-year-old son, recently got his learner’s driving permit. To do so he had to pass a written test of 46 multiple choice questions. We were concerned about the test because Chandler has challenges reading due to a learning disability he has struggled with all his life. I had heard there was an audio version of the test so I inquired about that at the DMV, and sure enough, there was. However, when we checked in for his appointment, we found out they were not prepared that day for the audio test, so Chandler got the next best thing, which turned out to be the absolute best for him; he got the test delivered to him one-on-one by one of the trainers.
As I watched the man carefully explain each question — even draw out some of the scenarios on paper to make sure Chandler understood what was being asked — I realized nothing could have been better suited for him than this. The man was finding out what Chandler actually knew. The written test would have only found out how well he can take tests. And any of you who have taken these tests know that there are always trick questions designed to trip you up if you are not paying close attention. There’s a good chance he would have failed the written test for lack of his testing ability and nothing to do with his knowledge of the information. He ended up missing one question.
“As a father has compassion on his children,” wrote the psalmist, David, “so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:13-14).
Thank goodness God remembers our disabilities. He remembers that we are dust. He knows our limitations. He’s not concerned about how well we can take tests; He’s concerned about what we know, and what we do with what we know. He knows us through and through — inside and out.
Paul says about His tests that He doesn’t tempt us beyond what we are able to handle, and that He will, with the temptation, provide a way of escape that we may be able to grow from the experience (1 Corinthians 10:13).
God is on our side. He doesn’t trick us or frustrate us; He treats us with compassion. He remembers what we are made of. It’s a good thing, because I don’t think any of us could pass the test otherwise. Without His grace, we wouldn’t have a chance.
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Newly Recognized on Saturday
Michael, Tucson, Arizona
Christopher, Edwardsville, Illinois
Chuck, Kent, Washington
Christina, Sonora, California
Joy, Alameda, California
Chilly, Denham Springs, Louisiana (sponsor)
John, Spencerport, New York
Paul, Wayne, Pennsylvania (sponsor)
Ashley, Lexington, Kentucky
Abby, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sam, Louisville, Kentucky
Peter, from Dundee, Angus, United Kingdom
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Jeffrey, Menlo Park, California
Rebecca, Stanton, Texas
Chuck, Fountain Hills, Arizona
Kent, Bryan, Ohio
Daniel, Placentia, California
Katheryn, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Steve, Keswick, Ontario, Canada
Gary, Sidney, Ohio
Chandler, Laguna Beach, California
Christopher and Elizabeth, Placentia, California
Anne, Haleiwa Hawaii
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William, Tucson, Arizona
Sheryl, Pasadena, California
Jean-Daniel, Wadenswil, Switzerland
Jennifer, Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Olen, Highland, California
Joy, Jacksonville, Florida
Richard, Bloomington, Minnesotta
David, Wayzata, Minnesotta
Arthur, Arlington, Virginia
Robert, Orangeburg, South Carolina
Terry & Lori, Springfield, Missouri
Lisa, Sunland, California
Kenton, Austin, Texas
Tom, Oakland, California
Neil, Lititz, Pennsylvania
Noel, Blue Hill, Maine
Joel, Pasadena, California
Peter, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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David, from Liberty Lake, Washington
Hofferber, from Vancouver, Washington
Alma, from Coaldale, Alberta, Canada
Roger, from Whittier, California
Chris, from Placentia, California
John from Chicago, Illinois
Elizabeth from Chicago, Illinois
Chan from Hong Kong
Burt & Edna from Romeoville, Illinois
Dave, from Glendale, Arizona
Brien, from Grass Valley, California
Lyn, from Thompsons Station, Tennessee
Dana, from San Diego, California
Laquita, from Tyler, Texas
Nancy, from Tustin, California
Bob, from Venetia, Pennsylvania
Peter, from Norwalk, Connecticut
Annette, from Waldorf, Maryland
Paula, from Decatur, Alabama
Barry, from Bradenton, Florida
Priscilla, from Spencerport, New York
David, from Texas
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