In the gospel of Luke, we read the story of Jesus sleeping through a violent storm, and the panic his disciples experience when disaster strikes:
“As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we’re going to drown!’ He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. ‘Where is your faith?’ he asked his disciples.” Luke 8:23-25 (NIV)
Sometimes our homeschool lives are a lot like this story. We are sailing along, homeschooling our children, and have braved a lot of ups and downs. We think we’ve pretty much seen it all. We’ve got our children figured out, and we know what the future holds.
Then something unexpected happens, and the ground shifts beneath our feet. We experience some conflict with our young teen, and start to wonder “who IS this kid?” The transition to adulthood has begun, and they are experiencing some big changes, and the old ways we worked through things just aren’t working anymore. We panic, and our confidence goes out the window. We even wonder, should we stop homeschooling? We’re overwhelmed and think we’ve failed. Our faith is dashed upon the rocks.
But this is when we need to rely on our faith the most. This is where the ‘rubber meets the road!’ This is where the scripture from Proverbs 22 becomes important to hold on to: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (NKJ). Have faith that as you have trained up your child, they will not depart from it when they are old.
God’s promises can be relied upon. The crises will end, and God’s plan for your child will come to pass, because He is all-powerful. He controls the winds and waves, and can certainly use every choice of man to accomplish His ultimate purposes, even the bad choices that our teens make. His plan for your child foreknew everything that would happen, even the squalls that occur, and He is not surprised by anything, even when we are.
Parenting in the face of a storm is difficult, especially during the storms of adolescence, when our children can sometimes seem unrecognizable from the sweet little things they were as toddlers! In the same way that Jesus urged his disciples to have faith and trust Him, we parents need to have faith that God will see us through. All is not lost, even when it seems so to us. God knows everything that will happen in our lives and the lives of our children, and he is ultimately in charge of it all. His purposes will prevail in our lives and the lives of our children, no matter the choices we make, and His promises can be counted on as true and trustworthy. Where is your faith? Make sure it is in the Lord.