"My confusion is continually before me" (Psalm 44:15a).
Do you ever stand over your young children while they are sleeping and feel that overwhelming sense of love for them? Their sweet, innocent faces conjure up deep feelings to cherish and protect each moment together. However, when the morning light comes and you are in the middle of another homeschooling day, you may also feel another overwhelming sense. This time you are overwhelmed at your inability to be their teacher. Who can keep up with their energy level and all of their questions while they learn?
If anyone ever had the right to feel overwhelmed by his inabilities, it was Moses. Imagine being given the responsibility to lead millions of stubborn, foolish people hundreds of miles to a new country. Yet, Moses learned the secret to staying sane in the midst of this chaos — to continually pray for wisdom to make each decision. Because of Moses' obedience, God parted seas, provided food and water, and performed miracles time after time to deliver His cherished people from their difficulties. Moses' continuous trust in God stands as a shining example for those who feel overwhelmed when homeschooling.
Do you look ahead into the future and feel overwhelmed at the thought of homeschooling for the rest of this year, next year, or the next 12 years? Take a step back and look again to your pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21-22). Let the presence of the Holy Spirit light your path and protect you from the unknown as you take this homeschooling journey. "When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path" (Psalm 142:3a).
Lord, I stand in awe of You and the task You have given to me. Help me to look to You for every answer I need to homeschool my children the way You want. In the name of Jesus, Amen.