02 Sep School This Year
School this year looks nothing like anything we have ever experienced in history. I’ve been reflecting on how stressful it has been as the one-day a week homeschool program that my boys are attending has already changed their supply list THREE times in the past two weeks to try to prepare for anything that might happen with COVID.
I was driving home from the school drop off today and praying for my mom friends, all of whom have had to make difficult decisions of what to do with their children’s education this year. Some have chosen to fully homeschool, some to go with e-learning, some are sending their kids to school but with many new rules and changes and uncertainty.
As I was praying for them, I felt the Lord say to me, “You are not over-qualified. You are not under-qualified. I qualify you.”
Some of us, and I tend toward this, may feel that we are over-qualified for the job of staying home with our school-aged kids. Perhaps we were trained and educated for more strategic roles, or we simply prefer to work with adults rather than children (it’s ok to say that!). Finally having kids in full day school had offered us a chance to get back to doing the other things that we loved to do, outside the home. And now we may feel trapped again with our children back in the home.
Others may feel that we’re not educated enough to teach our own children. Math or science or language may not be our strengths. Early childhood education was likely not something we were trained in, or middle school algebra or high school biology may send our brains spinning. And that’s ok too.
But in this very peculiar, strange time in history, our children need us.
The Lord is not surprised by what is happening around the nation and world right now. He knew that the 2020-2021 school year would pan out this way. We might not know what school will look like next month, or even next week. But He does, and I’m leaning into Him.
The enemy would love for us to be resentful that our kids are holding us back, or to fear that we are holding them back. He wants to inject more confusion, more uncertainty, and more negativity in our lives.
But resentment & fear are not in God’s language. Instead, he freely gives his wisdom (James 1:5) and strength (Isaiah 40:29, Psalm 46:1) to help us through this. And he sees us. Us moms, navigating this challenging time – our frustrations, our doubts, our fears. He looks on us with his beautiful eyes of compassion and he extends his grace and love to us this school year.