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One-a-Day...for the Heart: Fill-in-the-Blank

Multiple-choice test questions often seem easier than true or false questions because the answer becomes obvious by a process of elimination. True or false questions can be challenging for over-thinkers because the mind of an over-thinker tries to imagine every possible scenario that could stretch a true or false statement to the limits, and the answer is anything but obvious.

     For example, True or False: Grass is green. In my yard, depending on the season and the weather, some of the grass is green, but there are brown patches, too, and if autumn leaves have fallen, part of the grass has disappeared altogether and is covered by red and orange foliage, so no, the grass is not green. But saying the statement is false would be incorrect because, from the time we learned colors as a toddler, we learned that grass is green.

     Fill-in-the-blank questions can be the most challenging, especially if you don’t know the subject matter. With these questions, we put information into blank spaces and provide the missing information. In other instances, we provide our own conclusion to the beginning of a statement. We can choose how a storyline will end, or perhaps we can fill in the blanks and complete a list of items, dates, or important names we were required to learn. We have to know something to accurately fill in the blank for such questions. If we don’t know the subject matter, we’re sunk unless we are given the freedom to create our own ending.

     In life, it is inevitable that crossroads will appear, and unexpected twists and turns will arise on our path. Sometimes, the Lord allows us to fill in the blank of what direction our life will go, but at other times, we are completely clueless about what to do. It is at those times of uncertainty that we can trust the Lord to fill in the blanks and help us find our way. Lord, what job should I take? Where should I live? What have You created me to do? Who should I marry? How do I get healed?

     Our Heavenly Father is a master at filling in the blanks! He never looks at our bewildering piles of confusion and says, I don’t know what to do with that! He always has an answer, a solution--a plan! Since He knows us better than anyone in the universe, His plan is a custom design for each of us. It’s simply amazing how well He knows the subject matter!

     Psalm 37:4-5 (TPT) explains what happens when we can’t fill in the blank of a situation we’re facing, and we look to the Lord: Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and He will provide for you what you desire the most. Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust Him along the way, you’ll find He pulled it off perfectly! The Amplified version says, delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

     Give God the right to direct your life. Delight yourself in Him. The word delight means to be soft or tender, delicate, and pliable. Let Him fill in the blanks of your life. Guaranteed, you’ll pass the test with flying colors, and you’ll find He pulled it off perfectly!

© 2024, Chris Custer Werre

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