Sometimes we miss a day of school unexpectedly. A need arises that trumps the need to open math and language arts books that day, and our schedule thankfully allows for such flexibility. (That’s one of the reasons we homeschool in the first place!)
When we do miss a day, though, at least one child inevitably comes to me the next day with this question: “Mommy, should I just do yesterday’s work today?”
Now, my children’s checklists work sequentially. Math lessons build on concepts learned previously. Language arts exercises build upon one another. Although we have occasionally skipped a redundant page or exercise, we typically just progress from one lesson to the next and one concept to the next.
In light of that, should it not be obvious that my children should fall back and do the skipped day’s work? Should they really have to ask that question every single time?
As with many things, though, the behavior of my children points right back to my own behavior as a child of God.
I have much more than a checklist. I have God’s Word. It tells me of His love for me. It tells me how I should respond to that love. It gives me the full guide for life. Not just a little bit. Not just an overview, requiring details to be spilled out.
The full guide.
Yet I still cannot help but ask the questions.
“Lord, how should I do this again?”
“Father, is this really what You want me to do?”
“I know that’s what You said, but does that really apply in this situation?”
“I’ve hit this snag. This hardship. This stumbling block. Are you sure this is the path I should be taking?”
Every time, the answer is the same. His Word is clear, and He always directs me right back to it. What does it tell me? How does it direct me? It’s all right there. I simply must follow it in His wisdom and understanding.
Has something unexpected altered your path lately? How are you handling that alteration? Oh how I encourage you as I’m trying to encourage myself: go back to the Word! He has outlined it all for us perfectly. Will we follow that perfect guide?