Friday, October 10, 2008

Student or teacher



"Oh man", my daughter says disappointed when I
tell her it's time to get ready to study. It's been rather dry in our homeschool lately. Distraction has eaten up sufficient time to school in a way 8 year old kids enjoy. So I make her read the Effort Card on the white board in hopes that she will just give it her best shot today. She plops down and reluctantly prepares for another thrilling round of multiplication drills and language arts questions, which I myself am not so thrilled to give her. Pencil tap tap tapping the table, fidgets fidgeting on the chair and pouts that make lips hang low. She has a Light bulb moment as we both look at Mr. Skully Bones hanging on the door. We have been learning about other forms of language and communication such as body language and emotions expressed through written language and art. Now Mr. Skully Bones is a homeschool on a budget attempt to learn bone structure and anatomy and he was looking pretty board himself just hanging there. So as 8 year old kids can , she comes up with a plan to both learn bones and body language: The Plan: each day she will pose Mr Skully Bones in a position that expresses a certain emotion and to describe it as well as listing all the bones required to make the expression. Here is what resulted (I don't know if this was a tender way of a child telling her mom that homeschool needs a shot in the arm or what, but it hit home!!!!) So today she can be the teacher and I will be the student who learns a lesson! God's ingenuity amazes me, how he can use the smallest even the most evil thing to teach his children what He wants them to know. This weeks bible study was a look at Eli and Samuel among other facts and principals God used a not so great Guy to raise young Samuel. Look at Jonah, I mean how much more artful can you be, sending a whale to gulp down his disobedient servant to teach him a lesson! As I look at the Tabernacle and the way God astutely used the many furnishings as a type of who we are to follow and how we are to relate to Him and the people in the Old Testament as shadows of the one to come, Jesus. We truly serve a creative God. He knew we wouldn't always get it, so he was pleased to use the foolish things to put down our wisdom and reveal himself to us!
1Co 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1Co 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
1Co 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1Co 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
Mr. Skully Bones, a whale, my 8 year old; strange. God at work in them, using them to teach; according to scripture maybe not so strange!!!!!!
Glory in the fact that you have a God that would go to the lengths of finding a whale and causing it to ingest you just to save your disobedient carcass from destruction!!! Praise God!
Have a great and even strange day!
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