As I write to you today, 2017 is just about here. Where has the time gone? It seems only a few years ago we were nearing the year 2000. But the calendar assures me that more than a few years have passed! Somehow, the older I get, the faster time flies by! To tell the truth, the passage of time kind of messes with my mind. Mondays and payment due dates come in alarmingly quick succession—weekends, not so much, unfortunately!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that things have been crazy this past election year. Uncertainty and questions abound. Everyone’s wondering what’s going to happen politically, socially, economically, and globally. Of course, we’ve never really known for sure what the future holds—but sometimes it feels more unknown than usual. And that can be scary.
We can make our plans and have our hopes and dreams, but the future is always shrouded in darkness to one extent or another. But though we can’t see through the darkness, darkness has never been a problem to God. In the very beginning, when the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep, God needed only to speak the words “Let there be light,” and there was light! There was no mysterious “unknown” to Him in the very beginning, and there is nothing unknown to Him now.
In fact, in a place that was dark, without form, and void, God spoke a complete and intricate world into existence—in just six days. Through just His words, He created plants, animals, people, weather, sun, moon, stars, and everything there is. Nothing is impossible for Him. Time, circumstances, events—nothing can hold Him back or thwart Him!
God didn’t even break a sweat doing all that creating. He has not slumbered or slept in all the elapsed time since creation. He has not grown old or tired or weak. He has not lost one bit of His mental capacity or His spiritual power. Nothing has ever happened that has surprised Him or caught Him off guard. In fact, nothing can ever happen that will catch Him unaware or unable to perform His sacred will.
No matter what happens, no matter how uncertain things look or how we feel about things, we can rest in the fact that God has a plan for all humanity and for each of us personally. He is in total command and control of everything. He has never lost control, fumbled control, given over control, or fallen asleep at the controls!
So why do we worry and stress about so many things? I think it basically boils down to one of two reasons. Either we don’t truly believe (at least at the moment) that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and in control of everything, or we do believe He is, and we’re afraid of what He is going to do in or through us in a given situation.
I know I have been guilty of fearing what God’s will may be because I know that He is interested in growing our faith—and faith grows best during adversity! Though I do appreciate the depth of faith after successfully weathering a storm, I don’t look forward to adversity!
When we’re afraid, we need to remind ourselves of things that God has done in the past and in our own lives. Here are just a few examples from the Bible:
- God put a limit on what Satan could do to Job, and indeed Satan could do no more.
- God made a promise that He would never again flood the entire earth, and He periodically puts His rainbow in the sky to remind us of His promise.
- God sealed hungry lions’ mouths when Daniel spent a night in their pit.
- God knows when a sparrow falls, and He has told us that we are of much greater value to Him than sparrows.
- God calmed the wind and waves during a frightful storm.
- God gave Sarah a child when she was very old—and Mary a child when she was very young.
- God fed multitudes with just a few fishes and loaves.
- God healed the lame, blind, and sick—and saves sinners.
God hasn’t changed. He has not lost His love for us or His power to help us, and He never will. Our God reigns—no matter what, where, when, or how. We have nothing to fear. Instead, we have hope and a certain future!
God’s promises and power are still in force, no matter what happens with our economy, our freedom, our homeschools, our health, or anything else.
Here is a tiny sampling of His promises for His children. Till the end of time, He will:
- Supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19)
- Give us grace and all sufficiency for every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8)
- Keep our hearts and minds with the peace of God that passeth all understanding (Philippians 4:6–7)
- Be our refuge and fortress (Psalm 91:2)
- Heal our broken hearts and bind our wounds (Psalm 147:3)
- Give us wisdom (James 1:5)
- Increase our strength (Isaiah 40:29)
- Make a way of escape from temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13)
- Complete the good work He has begun in us (Philippians 1:6)
- Care for us (1 Peter 5:7)
God knows our struggles, fears, and shortcomings. Thankfully, He has the strength and wherewithal to get us through each and every trial we will ever face.
God has the answers for what some people would label “the big stuff,” like the world’s political or economic problems. And He also has the answers for our personal lives—what some might label “the small stuff.” As homeschool moms, we may have a finger in some of the big stuff to one degree or another, but for most of us, our hearts, minds, and time— indeed our very lives—are often wrapped up in the small stuff.
I believe that God intends that as wives and moms, our hearts, thoughts, and lives be inextricably linked with our husbands and children. The love and care we feel for our families is a powerful motivator, moving us to serve them well. And in so doing, we fulfill what I believe is God’s highest calling for the life of a wife and mother.
Thankfully, God is near to help us when we wonder about what math curriculum to use, whether or not to allow our child to participate in an activity, what electives to offer our high schooler, and everything else from A to Z that we wonder about or need help with! Rest assured, God understands the heart of a mom (He created it!). He has the answers for all our questions, strength and provision for all our needs, and peace for our troubled hearts and minds.
As of right now, we can’t see clearly into 2017, or into tomorrow for that matter. To our eyes, the future is without form and void, shrouded in the dark unknown. But our God was in the very beginning and in all the ages past. He is in our present. He is in 2017 and beyond. In Him we can sail calmly into the New Year with our hearts and minds fixed on the One who has the master plan and holds our future—and who loves us beyond measure. Remember, He died for us! Our lives, indeed our very souls are in His loving, strong but gentle hands.
So I say it again, and I mean it even more than ever before . . . happy New Year! May God grant us all a Spirit-filled, peaceful-hearted, mind-renewed, spiritually prosperous, God-blessed homeschooling new year!
Kari Lewis is the "mom" here at Home School Enrichment. She and Frank have been married since 1977 and homeschooled their two sons, Matthew and Jonathan, from their early elementary years through their high school graduations. Together, the four of them started Home School Enrichment Magazine in late 2002. More recently, she's been enjoying her new role of mother-in-law and grandma! You can reach her at kari@HomeSchoolEnrichment.com.