The mind can be a frantic place. My mind can get into patterns of worry and concern over every little thing. That is part of the reason why homeschooling is not always the most comfortable or easy thing. You can have all of the systems or strategies in place, but at the end of the day my mood and anxiety affects my family and my children. This isn’t only true for homeschoolers, but families in general. Often times, it’s hard to find a place to rest. Because in a house full of the blessing of very lively children, there aren’t a lot of nooks and crannies for me to hide myself in order to think. It wasn’t always like that, and it won’t remain that way for very long. While a moment can feel like it drags on, it’s gone in the blink of an eye.
Yesterday morning while we were reading the Bible in Matthew 6, the kids and I saw our first little proper visitor to our suet bird feeder- a little Hairy Woodpecker. We were so excited and kept scaring him away as we drew the curtain to peer at him. Birds have been one of my favorite things to learn about and teach my children about over the course of our homeschool journey. When we have a sighting, it gives us all a sense of calm and we stare in wonder at each one, after that initial thrill of course.
At the same time we were seeing our visitor, I was reading Jesus telling those listening to the Sermon on the Mount, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” A place to rest. I can’t separate the messy parts of myself from the parts that are easier to show my children, but I do have a place to rest my weary head and I can trust the provision and guidance of my Heavenly Father. Rejoicing that I am cared for by Him, just as He cares for the birds of the air.
Hoping you find some rest today <3 Kate