I have a few recurring dreams. One of which is wandering aimlessly around a school setting, miserably late to take an important test. A dream interpreter might point out that I am worried about a deadline or wrestling with the idea of disappointing others. Another interpreter might say that I still feel traumatized by my high school science and math classes (not my best subjects.) And finally, another analyst might ask me what it means to feel tested.
When struggling with an aspect of our lives, we often used the phrase, “We are being tested.” It is the terminology used when discussing Abraham and his trials. That in leaving his home and family, casting Hagar into the wilderness, and being asked to sacrifice Isaac, Abraham’s faith was tested, conveying his ultimate loyalty to God. And while Abraham is personified as having passed God’s test, I find fault with the idea of God testing humanity.