He Requires So Little of Us
- Wednesday, October 03, 2007
If we allow ourselves, we can get pretty wrapped up in thinking that homeschooling is just too big of a job. There's finding the right textbooks, dealing with different learning styles, choosing methods, and so on. It's easy to think that we are responsible for everything. Have you ever thought that? I have.
Recall for a moment the story of Moses and the parting of the Red Sea. There Moses was, standing at the sea's edge. A multitude of people—perhaps numbering in the millions—had followed him. To make matters worse, Pharaoh's army was closing in. Pretty overwhelming situation! What on earth might Moses have been thinking at that moment? Was he thinking that he had not done enough, or taken a wrong turn, or that he had completely failed? Was he thinking that God had forgotten about them? Was he about to take matters into his own hands and tell the Israelites to start swimming? Or did he have complete confidence in God, knowing He would rescue them? As Moses stood there, God spoke to him and said:
"But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea." (Exodus 14:16)
Such a simple act God requested of Moses. And how did Moses respond?
"And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided." (Exodus 14:21)
He obeyed. All God asked of Moses, physically speaking, was to stretch out his hand. Why had God asked him to do anything? Certainly, God could have parted the sea without this. What lesson did He have for Moses? It was a lesson on trust and obedience. No huge feats, no swimming across the Red Sea, no battle.
Likewise, God seeks simple and small gestures from us as signs of our trust and faith in Him. While we are thinking that the entire load is on our shoulders, it's not. It's on His. We get the little part, He gets the big part. Remember what He is able to do. If we humble ourselves, God will lift us up. He delights in taking care of our needs. How awesome is that?
HOMESCHOOLING IS HUMBLING, AND THAT'S A GOOD THING!
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." (James 4:10)
We have four children. I taught the first two, both girls, using a myriad of different Christian methods and textbooks. With our third child (our only son), my husband took up the role as his primary teacher. This proved to be a humbling lesson for me, because at one time, I was confident in my views about "how to homeschool." I was successful in teaching my girls, so I was sure that my method was the "right way." So sure was I that, on an occasion or two, I gently shared with my husband how he should teach our son like I taught the girls. But my husband remained confident and committed to teaching him to read his way: using only one book. Not even a textbook or specialized reading program. Can you imagine teaching your child to read without a textbook? I was an experienced homeschool mom and I had successfully taught two children how to read. I knew from experience that you needed textbooks, reading primers, flash cards, phonics software, etc., etc. I have an entire bookshelf filled with these products as evidence. My husband's method was impossible. One book? But sure enough, my husband taught our son to read with that one book: God's Word.
"And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:4)
I used Christian textbooks, but my husband's method was easier and a lot less expensive, and my son was blessed by learning to read with God's Word. And I humbly admit that there is more than one method to homeschooling!
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