Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Homeschool: Turn Toward the Wind

Mark 6:48-50 Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

As you look at the task of home-schooling, do you sometimes sink in despair? Does it seems like the wind is against you and you are not making any progress? As I was reading this passage, I see Jesus coming and saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

I am reminded of a book titled, “Turn Toward the Wind” by Dale Bourke. A couple years ago, I was in the hospital waiting room waiting to have an x-ray when I looked down and saw this book. I picked it up and began to read, “...times of crises become moments of insight or insulation, a time to move closer to God as he truly is or a time to stubbornly hold on to our image of him.” As I read on, the author tells of her experience in learning to sail a sailboat. Her instructor told her to find the wind and then aim her boat at an angle toward it. She could hear the spirit of God whispering in her heart, “Face the winds of change and use them to propel you forward.”

Are the winds blowing against you today? When the winds of adversity blow into your life, don’t strain against it. Jesus says, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Be of good cheer, turn your sails toward the wind and allow it to propel you forward toward Him. Allow it to teach you more of Who He really is and allow it to strengthen your faith in Him.


Homeschool Mom of Four said...

Wonderful reminder as I try to face the winds of change head on! Thanks so much!

Homeschool Mom of Four said...

Marsha, thanks for visiting my homeschoolblogger page. I finally figured out how to hyperlink so I put your link where your name was in my post.

Thanks again for your site.