Two big tests are happening in my family today… an intense high school AP Anatomy & Physiology exam and an even more intense grad-school GRE. Both students were up late last night and are feeling rather stressed today, although I am certain that both outcomes will be positive. My test comes tomorrow in the form of a funeral for a friend… a woman about my age, with children about the same ages and a kind husband who now has to deal with all the life issues himself. A week ago, she collapsed unexpectedly while talking with family and friends… and now she is gone.
I haven’t been a very good test-taker lately. I’ve had some multiple-choice questions over the past week that I’ve obsessed over but haven’t answered correctly. There were a couple of essay questions that I totally flubbed… and the fill-in-the-blanks… well, quite honestly, I drew blanks. It was just a series of little life tests, nothing traumatic, but overall, I didn’t score well. I’m going back to do some more studying.
I don’t have any clever quips to add to the story other than I am so glad there are re-takes. I have a professor friend who reminds me that it’s more important for the student to know the material than it is to give failing grades. I think this must be God’s idea on the whole life-test issue as well. I never have to search for a re-take when I fail to learn the lesson at hand; God always puts one right in front of me. Another great thing about the God re-takes: you don’t get graded! You just end up learning the material.