Posted by Kathy Ridpath (NC) on Friday, 14 August 1998, at 8:53 p.m.
A common "encouragement" from veteran homeschooling parents is that homeschooling is not a sprint, but a marathon. It's the truth, not a myth. Really! It may be easier for them to remind new homeschoolers of this since they are further along the journey. *grin* Even if we believe homeschooling is a journey, if we know homeschooling is God's will for our family, we sometimes find it hard not to get discouraged, not to panic, not to complain. Maybe it's because we don't physically see with our eyes the reward, we can't see the end result, we wonder, "When do we get there?"
About 30 minutes into a recent 5-hour trip, our 8 year-old daughter asked, "How much longer? Are we almost there?" She continued to frequently ask until I snapped, "Enough! This is not such a long trip. It is WELL WORTH the time spent traveling."
Why do children get restless on long rides? Is it because they are uncomfortable? Is it because the time spent in the car is not what they expected? Is it because they can't comprehend how long it takes to get there? Is it because they are excited about where they are going and impatiently want to be there now? Why can't they take our word for it that it is worth the time spent riding in the car?
Why do homeschool parents get restless? Why do we feel weary, discouraged, anxious, hopeless? We can change our curriculum, fix our schedule, train our children, make it through difficult circumstances, find support, and on & on, but the only SURE and ETERNAL Solution is Jesus!!
If you are feeling weary or discouraged, defeated, anxious, hopeless, restless, if you are wondering how much longer it is until you "get there", take some time to consider ...
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Ever feel like the father in Mark 9:24 who cried out to Jesus, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight
And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
My family eventually arrived at our destination and our daughter had a great time! One afternoon I took her paddling in my kayak. As I was showing her areas rich in wildlife and listening to her tell me what a great time she was having, I wondered if I should remind her how she had complained about the car ride that brought her there. *grin* I didn't remind her.
Remember you really are on a hearty hike through woods, fields, & mountains, not on a quick, comfortable stroll down the lane. Well, that sentence sounded better in my head. *grin* Okay, so I'll stick with the "veteran" line ... homeschooling is a marathon, not a sprint.
Stay in God's Word, seek Him continuously, and know that He will supply you with all you need to accomplish His will. God bless you all and may His peace & joy reign in your homeschool each day!
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