Have you asked yourself that question?
Author: Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS
I am sure if you’re anything like me you’ve asked yourself that question hundreds of times. Ten years after we started our homeschool journey I am still asking myself that question.
When we began homeschooling it made no sense to me. There are plenty of days it still makes no sense to me.
When I think of why it makes no sense, I have no answer other than I had no concept of homeschooling when we started. There are plenty of days the idea of homeschooling still seems so foreign to me.
What about you?
As the years have gone by however, there are moments when I really enjoy being a home educator and then there are moments I don’t. It has a lot to do with who I am as a person. School was never one of my favorite places to be and I never thought I was smart.
How do you home educate your children if you don’t even think you’re smart?
Should I write a cookbook even though I don’t really know how to cook? Would you even buy my cookbook? So why, or how, can I teach my children if I never considered myself as smart?
So why am I homeschooling them?
Here’s the easy answer…
It’s what God called me to do.
How often do you sit and wonder what you’re supposed to be doing in your life? Do you hit road blocks of confusion because your ideas don’t align with God’s idea? It doesn’t make sense to you so…you keep pondering.
Or you run…
Just like Jonah did.
God called him to preach to the people of Nineveh. Jonah’s story is much more dramatic than homeschooling your child, but consider this thought….the world in Jonah’s day was full of sin (much like it is today) and in Jonah’s mind the people were too far gone – to wretched – for God’s favor. He didn’t want to preach God’s salvation to such people – so he ran.
Jonah: 1: 1-3 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
What Jonah failed to understand was that the people of Nineveh needed God. They needed His salvation. Yes, they were wretched as far as Jonah was concerned, but that’s why they needed God. Jonah was called by God to bring God’s love and mercy to people who needed Him. Only, the people did not know they needed God. But God knew it.
Okay, that’s great for Jonah, you say, but still….
It doesn’t make sense to me to homeschool my children.
So you run!
Just like Jonah.
Jonah 1:4 “Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.”
Unfortunately, most of us make the mistake of simply walking away from God’s plan in our lives on a regular, in fact ,on a daily basis because the plans of God don’t make sense to us. Whether you think you’re qualified to homeschool your child or not is not the question. The question is, is it what God wants you to do?
Think of the world we live in today. Is God trying to raise you or your children up for a certain purpose? Will your homeschool journey lead you somewhere or to someone – where God wants you to be, for His purpose – to a people who need Him? Have you ever considered that this homeschool thing is SO much bigger than YOU!
God will get your attention just like He got Jonah’s attention with the storm.
And here’s the good news…
Eventually you will stop running…
Sometimes the storms we endure on a regular basis are the storms of life because we are living outside of God’s plan. You might be confused and think, “Oh, these are just spiritual battles.” Some battles are warfare when we are in God’s will – and some are not when outside His will. Some are brought upon us by our own failures…just like Jonah.
Jesus Christ was tempted in the wilderness as He was doing the will of the Father. Jesus was doing exactly what God wanted Him to do.
Jonah found himself in the middle of a violent storm and eventually in the belly of a giant fish because he disobeyed God.
Don’t be confused by the two.
You might be in the middle of one issue after the other because you are disobeying God. I can share with you story after story in my own life where I have been in one issue after the other because I have tried to abort this homeschooling idea WAY TOO MANY TIMES.
Whatever God calls you to do He will enable you to do it.
Hebrews 13: 20-21 “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.”
Jonah eventually came to his senses and decided he would do what God asked of him, even though it did not make sense to him.
Jonah 2:4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’
So here’s the question again?
Why are you homeschooling your children?
Are you just doing it until something better comes along? Are you doing it because you’re against masks in schools? Are you doing it so your child won’t get sick? Are you doing it because you falsely believe homeschooled children are smarter anyway?
Whatever your reason…if God has called you to do it – do it for His glory! Do it even though you don’t think you’re equipped enough to do it. Do it even though it makes no sense to you. Do it when it’s hard and do it when it’s easy. Do it because God loves you and your children. You might be on an amazing journey of sharing Jesus Christ with others and your homeschool journey is the bridge God is using. If you understand your journey from His perspective you’ll endure the real battle until He calls you to something else.
Be the change for the world who needs Jesus Christ. Even if it doesn’t make sense now. Trust me – one day it will.
Jonah 3:1-3 “Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh.
Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? If not, reach out to me today.
~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS