Thank you for your hospitality and your comments. You made me feel very welcome.
Praying you hear God speak today,
God knew exactly what He was doing when He called me NOT to home school. It’s not that I don’t think home schooling is wonderful and beneficial for the entire family. I do. And had God blessed me with a different temperament, we would have chosen that path. But if I home schooled my precious kids, as much as my children and I share mutual love and adoration, I fear we may hurt one another. See, the tension level rises exponentially in our home whenever a certain child needs certain assistance with a certain subject. The names have been omitted for obvious reasons.
It usually starts off with a simple request of, “Mom, will you explain this to me?” and a simple reply of, “Certainly.”
Then I start to look over the material to figure out what she’s working on, and she immediately starts to get frustrated that I have to look back through the entire chapter to refresh my memory. She seems to forget that although I graduated from college with honors, it’s been about 31 years since I did fifth-grade math, and therefore takes about 31 years to figure out how to answer her question.
Anyway, once I get a handle on the material, I generally try to guide her through the entire mathematical process so she can answer the problem on her own. Her irritation with me escalates because now she KNOWS I know the answer, but instead of just telling it to her so she can get on with her life, I’m walking her through the problem, line-by-line, step-by-step. And, not only that, but I’m making her show her work.
“Mom! Just tell me the answer! I don’t need to go through this whole problem again! ARRRRRRRRR”
“Yes, you do. If you learn it now, it will help you solve all the other problems like this. I’m not doing you any favors by just giving you the answer. Math is like building blocks…you learn certain principles and then you build on them blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah….”
Usually, about this time, she’s rolling her eyes and mumbling something like, “I’ll just ask Mrs. W. in the morning…” While I’m hovering over her shoulder lecturing her about lining up her decimal points.
And it goes downhill from there.
And herein lies the reason I send my kids to school.
In the practice of hearing God’s voice, I’m so much like my daughter. It usually starts with a simple request of, “God will you tell me what to do?” and a simple reply of, “Certainly!”
But it isn’t long before I start to get frustrated. See, I know God knows the answer. And I know that if He wanted to, He could speak clearly enough for me to understand—either audibly or through a vision or by way of angel or SOMETHING—anything to just give me the answer so I could obey and get on with my life. That seems like the easiest, most logical and most efficient thing to do, doesn’t it? But God doesn’t usually just “give” me the answer. He starts guiding me, directing me, convicting me, wooing me.
The Lord is trying to teach the people a lesson;
he is trying to make them understand his teachings.
But the people are like babies too old for breast milk,
like those who no longer nurse at their mother's breast.
So they make fun of the LORD's prophet and say:
"A command here, a command there.
A rule here, a rule there.
A little lesson here, a little lesson there." (Isaiah 28:9-10 NCV)
While God knows the answer to my question, He also knows that it will serve me better to guide me through a spiritual process. Serving God is like building blocks. The initial principles we learn never change, but instead provide a foundation upon which we build everything else we learn. Going through the step-by-step progression while we are seeking direction reinforces those Biblical truths and teaches us vital spiritual insight. Insight we will need tomorrow and next year and 31 years from now. Insight we will need for future hearing—future serving.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." (Matthew 7:24-27)
So if today, you are rolling your eyes at God and saying, “Just give me the answer already,” remember that understanding the spiritual process will serve you better in the long run—so you can serve HIM better in the long run.
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