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“Prove that you are human.”
I had to look twice to make sure I read it right. The unusual instruction appeared on a web page accompanied by one of those “captcha” codes. You know, that strange combination of letters and numbers that you’re required to type to make sure an automated program isn’t spamming the website?
“Prove that you are human.”
Let me think, what can I do to prove that I am human today? Yesterday, I did it quite nicely when I said something discouraging to my daughter. A few days before that I displayed my “humanness” by falling flat on my face in front of my workout class. It would have made a great story had I been demonstrating some complex dance move. However, I was simply walking, trying to sneak out quietly before the last song was done. Human!
“Prove that you are human.”
Oh, you mean, the humanness I exhibit when I’m completely frustrated with unanswered questions? My utter compulsion to know exactly where my life is going? The desire to be pain-free and problem-free? That kind of human?
I believe in an all-knowing, all-loving and all-powerful God. Because I know He can, I often believe the lie that He should solve all my problems. But that’s wrong thinking. I don’t see what He sees. The obstacles I want removed are often the very things that are shaping and molding me. He says so in the Bible:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)
Frankly, I’m still struggling with this one. I don’t know that I want to be “mature and complete”. What about comfortable? I’d love to hear what trial you’re struggling with today. We’ll pray for and encourage each other! In the meanwhile, I’ve added “prove that I am human” to my “to do” list – won’t be any problem checking that one off!

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  1. Anita permalink
    September 23, 2011

    I am amazed at how patient God is with me. My humanness shows up often in my trying to take control of the timing of things when God has proven to me over and over that His timing is best. I stand in awe of Him!

  2. Colette permalink
    October 16, 2011

    Excellent article. Yes it’s way to easy to prove that you are human…I’m working on proving that the spirit of God resides in me…Well I guess the idea is to not prove anything just be the vessel He can love others through…

  3. Marabeth Duncan permalink
    October 28, 2011

    Well let’s see… this week I had an anxiety attack and came down with the stomach flu. Sometimes I don’t want to be human 🙁 And the sermon at church last week was from James 1. I’m sensing a theme here!

  4. November 15, 2011

    You have a knack for drawing the spiritual out of the ordinary, mundate things of life. I hope you will continue to post as time permits. I enjoy your writing.

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