Snakes in a Sandbox
Homeschooling while living in our "little house on the prairie" in western Nebraska was both exciting and dangerous. We lived with sand burs, relentless wind, prairie dogs, harvester ants, coyotes, scorpions, and worst of all, rattlesnakes.
Since you never knew if rattlesnakes would be hiding in the long grass, under a rock, or even in the flower beds, we had to teach our young children to be on a constant lookout during the summer. What made things even more complicated was the fact that good bullsnakes looked exactly like bad rattlesnakes except for the shape of their heads and the rattles on their tails. Our cowboy neighbors tried several times to teach me and our children the difference. I refused to learn this lesson. To me, the only good snake was a dead snake!
Fortunately, my oldest son paid better attention to these identifying marks. When a four-foot rattler was hiding in my children's sandbox one day, my son killed it with a garden hoe. After I recovered from the shock of my son's bravery, we became the typical homeschool family and took advantage of this opportunity. We skinned the snake to examine the anatomy of a reptile for biology, tanned the hide to make jewelry for art class, and studied what living in the West was like during the 1800s for history.
We face many snakes in our spiritual lives, too, and you never know where they may be hiding. Satan's temptations are cleverly hidden and disguised, but we can recognize them and have the courage to say "no" if we claim God's power from the Bible. 1 Peter 5:8-9 tells us to resist the serpent of old because he prowls around like a lion seeking someone to devour. When Satan tempts you as a homeschooling parent to become discouraged and feel sorry for yourself, claim the promises in God's Word to defeat this enemy of God. "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds" (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).
Father, thank You for showing me the truth from Your Word to win over Satan's temptations. Help me to stay alert to defeat him through Your power, so my life will glorify You. In Jesus' name, Amen.