"When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path" (Psalm 142:3a).
We should have never started on our three-hour trip home after attending my oldest daughter's college graduation. The farther we traveled, the lower the visibility became from the blinding snow. Eventually, we couldn't see the road at all. Since turning back was just as far as traveling to the next town, we continued down the road. The close homeschooling relationship between my husband and son was soon to be tested. Sticking his head out the passenger window to see the white line on the road's edge, my son started giving directions to my husband and said, "Move a little left" or "Move a little right." For the next hour, my husband put his total faith in my son's navigation and literally drove blind in the raging blizzard.
Trusting the Lord when you can't see the way through life's difficulties is even a greater challenge than a blinding snow storm. Emotional pain and hardships blind you to God's love and rob you of your faith. You are tempted to believe that God has left you, and you doubt His loving care. Instead of trusting in His promises, you try to escape the pain on your own and fail to stay in the middle of His will. Trusting in your own human understanding, you head for the ditch and destruction.
Is homeschooling testing your faith in God in a way you never imagined? Are you wondering why He started you down the path of teaching your children when it is so difficult to see the daily obstacles and hazards? God knows what lies ahead, and He will tell you if you need to move a little left or right. He hasn't abandoned you and promises to help with parenting problems, financial problems, and even loneliness. Homeschooling works — don't give up the faith! "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:7).
Father, I cry out to You for help with my homeschooling. I am lost and need Your guidance. Show me the way, so Your perfect will is accomplished in my children's lives. In Jesus' name, Amen.