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Why This Way, God?
by Jenny on October 2nd, 2015

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take." Proverbs 3:5-6

Our school year is not going as I had planned. We are five weeks in and I still can not cover all of the material I want to cover each day. In effort to save my sanity I've had to cut out some of the activities I originally wanted to include as part of our curriculum this year. I remain confident that God has called us to homeschool (though there have been recent days where I've felt tempted to question that calling too). However, to fulfill the calling of homeschooling, as well as the calling of motherhood, I'm having to manage my days in ways that feel unnatural to me.

Rather than going with the flow I find my self questioning, "Why can't I homeschool the way I want to homeschool, with all the bells and whistles and fun activities? Why do I have to cut back and do less than what I see as acceptable? Why do I have to do it this way, God?"

Then I remember heroes of Bible times who God called to go against their normal way of doing things too.

I remember Joshua, the mighty warrior. Exodus 17 tells us of a time God allowed Joshua to use his sword-wielding skills to defeat the Amalekites. However, in Joshua 6 we find God giving Joshua different marching orders, literally. As  Joshua invaded the city of Jericho he was to march around the city wall for seven days, while his sword remained dangling at his side.

Scripture records no words of doubt from Joshua.  Joshua simply did what God told him to do. But it seems strange to me that God would call Joshua, an experienced warrior, to lead battle in such a different way.

I remember Gideon, a man who God called to lead His people sometime after Joshua's death. Gideon had an army of over 30,000 men. But God told Gideon he had too many warriors. I don't know much about war strategy but it seems to me, the more soldiers, the better. God dwindled Gideon's army down to 300 men.

Gideon didn't question God after God sent away 99% of his men. Gideon had discussed things with God before hand. In Judges 6 Gideon asks God for assurance that God has called him to lead. God answered Gideon's request. So when it came time to fulfill his calling, Gideon marched forward. He found confidence in the One who was truly leading him even when this Leader called him to march to the sound of a ram's horn rather than the beat of a standard drum.

I feel as confident as I can that God has called us to homeschool. Five years ago I "put out the fleece," so to speak. I found myself ready to throw in the towel halfway through our oldest child's kindergarten year (yes, I barely made it through homeschooling kindergarten!). Rather than throw in the towel, I put out the fleece. God affirmed to me that we were meant to homeschool. I vowed that from that point on, I would not question God's leading us to homeschool again.

God has called our family to homeschool. In this season, I can not homeschool how I would like to homeschool. Rather than giving up, I must learn to continue in this calling trusting God's lead.

Isaiah 55:8 reads, "'My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,' says the LORD. 'And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.'"

Ephesians 3:20 reads, "Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think."

When we follow God's way rather than our own, He works through us to accomplish more than our finite minds can even imagine. And when we accomplish more than we ever imagined, we know it was God at work, not us. God gets the glory.

In what area is God asking you to walk a different path than you would chose for yourself or for your family? Will you trust Him and His ways rather than leaning on your own understanding?

When the kids and I finish this school year (oh mercy, will we ever finish this school year?!?) it will not be because I was such a great teacher. We will finish, hopefully accomplishing more than I could have ever asked or imagined, because God is such a great leader.

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