The Test

June 2, 2006
by Lois Pifer

Jeremiah 32:27 – I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? (NIV)

A few weeks ago, I was tested on my faith that "All things are possible with God." (Mark 10:27 NIV) I had been studying Genesis, and specifically, reading about Abraham and Sarah, and Abraham's test with the sacrifice of Isaac. At the time, thought to myself, "I hope I am prepared for the test when it comes." I just didn't expect it so soon.

One early morning two weeks later, I had put a cup of water into the microwave to heat. When I took the cup out, the boiling water shot into my face, burning my eyes and face. I was sure that I had lost my sight, because all I could see was light — no image at all. My husband rushed me to the emergency room. On the way, I remembered, "This is a test."

I started praying, and I put the situation into God's hands. An incredible peace came over me, and I knew that in some way I would be okay. Either God would heal my eyes, or He would make it possible for me to deal with my circumstances. As it turned out, my burns were just first degree, and I have healed completely. Our bodies are amazing, and especially our eyes. God is so good!

Let us thank God for His peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7), which comes from His promise that "all things work together for good to those who love God" (Romans 8:28 NKJV)

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, we know that nothing is impossible with You. Help us to remember this when life is tough and we become weak. Through faith in You, we have the strength that can move mountains. Thank You for being there every step of the way. Amen.

Editor's Note on the Danger of Superheated Water – For more on how to avoid the danger of superheating water in a microwave and having it explode when disturbed, see http://www.snopes.com/science/microwave.asp and http://amasci.com/weird/microwave/voltage2.html#coffee.

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Lois Pifer <pifres@aol.com>
Savannah, Georgia, USA

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