“God's Gold Stars”

“Moses named the place Massah (which means “test”) and Meribah (which means “arguing”)

because the people of Israel argued with Moses and tested the Lord by saying,

‘Is the Lord here with us or not?’”

Exodus 17:7

After three years in Mumbai, India, Ron and I were denied the visa needed to start an international church. The morning after receiving this news, I just happened to read these verses, so I wrote in my journal that day, “I don’t wanna test the Lord—I trust Him and His care!”

Then I realized, testing is not always a bad thing, especially when it generates trust. Before India, I was not aware that I had already tested God in every place I lived…


-- Uganda where we faced machine guns every day, God had kept us safe in HIS cocoon.

-- Kisumu when we sent our kids off to boarding school, GOD had taken care of them.

-- Alaska, God had been with us IN a valley we never expected to walk through.

-- Nairobi He had turned a riot that almost killed my husband into miracles beyond our dreams.

So, when it came to the India test, I could have written, I have already tested the Lord—And I have proved I can trust His care!” Even though some questions on the India test have not fully been answered to this day, God has already proved worthy of my trust. His test book on my life is full of gold stars…so I KNOW I can keep on trusting! What about you?


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