Recently I was meeting my sister for coffee and I arrived before she did. I noticed that with the passing of time, doubt began to knock at the door of my thoughts. “Are you sure this is the right time?” “Is this the location you agreed upon, or is she going to a different store?” “Is this really Thursday?”
I’ve found that in those situations, the longer I have to wait, the more I question. Am I the only one? I don’t think so. Why are we like that? Why does the passage of time – be it a few minutes, hours, days, or even longer? When God doesn’t answer a prayer or fulfill something in the time frame that we expect, do we begin to doubt Him? I think we do. I know that I’ve heard it from plenty of people. It seems to be an issue of our fallen human nature and it’s been going on since biblical times. Abraham and Sarah had plenty of waiting accompanied by a big helping of doubt. Do you suppose that David ever doubted he’d become king? Particularly when the king was trying to kill him?
I think we forget that God is never late. Nor is He too early; He’s right on time – according to His ways, not ours.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”” Isaiah 55:8-9
How does this apply to your homeschooling and parenting? Have you ever felt like your child was never going to progress in a certain area? Perhaps in some responsibility? Potty training? Math skill? What about an attitude problem? Now please don’t take this to mean that I believe God will fix everything in your child’s life (according to your definition of fix). That’s entirely up to Him. But when you have to battle over a certain issue for a longer period of time than you expect, do you ever begin to doubt? Regardless of what God plans to do, we have to remember that He offers us true hope. He doesn’t have evil planned against us.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you and you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
The only useful response to doubts and anxiety is to turn them over to the Lord. He’s the only one who can affect change of any value. He’s ever faithful and trustworthy. Don’t worry when time passes, turn to Him in trust and hope.
My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:5-8
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7