Dianna had homeschooled since the beginning. Over the years she had diligently educated and prayed over her children daily. Her youngest son was about to graduate from high school. She began to notice he was making choices about his future that did not pair up with the way she and her husband had raised their children.” She wondered, “What did I miss?”
Megan is a young mom. She is sure homeschooling is the right choice for her children, yet the idea overwhelms her. The lack of support from extended family is a bit disheartening and leaves her feeling lonely. They had always been a close knit family, she wondered, “Am I making the right choice?”
Maybe you are at the end, just beginning, or somewhere in the vast middle of your homeschooling journey. Along the way we have moments when we ask, “Jesus where are you?”
As Mary entered the hollow grave, her body began to shake, and fear pulsed through veins. Stricken with despair her voice echoed, “JESUS WHERE ARE YOU?!” Doubt grieved her aching heart. He eyes swelled with tears. Heart was pounding inside her chest. She came to find Him but He was not there. She wondered, “Where is my Jesus?” Maybe, Like Mary you know Jesus but feel so alone, you’re trying to reach out to Him and in your desperation you scream, “FATHER WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?!” Yet you hear nothing. Questions compile in your head and you begin to wonder.
Luke 24:1-12 NIV
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but When They Entered, They Did Not Find The Body Of The Lord Jesus. 4 While they were WONDERING about this…
Just two days prior they physically saw Jesus’ body lay in the tomb, three days prior they saw His body crucified. And they were WONDERING…this word wondering means – perplexed – to be in doubt – surprised and confused so much so they are unsure how to react. Do you wonder? I wonder at times? I see a situation that seems hopeless and even my glimmer of hope is taken away. I become stricken with fear, do you?
Suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why Do You Look For The Living Among The Dead? 6 HE IS NOT HERE; HE HAS RISEN! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
Sometimes we worship the dead jesus, we don’t see him as the spirit that dwells within our heart, we see him as that picture on the wall. We go to church but never expect him to transform our lives. He has RISEN and if you have asked him into your heart, I promise, whether you can feel him or not he IS there.
7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 THEN THEY REMEMBERED HIS WORDS.
His words, they REMEMBERED His words! The bible is where we gain our HOPE in times of weakness, the word is Jesus. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, John 1:1. We have to remember the promises of God! Jesus told Mary and the others He will rise again on the 3rd day. But the word did not penetrate their heart. One key principle for overcoming doubt is, know the Word of God…you have to read it to know it and have child-like faith (the amount of a mustard seed) to believe it to be real.
9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But They Did Not Believe The Women, because Their Words Seemed To Them Like NONSENSE.
This word ‘Nonsense’ means incredibly unbelievable. This tale was so unbelievable the Eleven may have asked if the ladies were feeling well, because they were literally babbling, or so it appeared. This story just had to be complete and utter nonsense. They all saw Jesus crucified! When God begins to transform our life with His Word, it’s hard to explain to someone who has not experienced it. We just know in our knower, it’s going to turn out in our best interest because Jesus is my Savior. We are suddenly able to conquer fear, instead of dwelling on things we cannot change. Our confident increases because we see how much He loves us and shame can no longer control our thoughts. All of this because we choose to believe He Has RISEN, and is Alive in our hearts!
12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, WONDERING to himself what had happened.
There is that word again, WONDERING. But this time it means – to Admire – Marvel – to have Admiration. See Peter had already experienced Jesus, remember the whole rooster crows three times deal? As we grow our faith grows. He was in Awe of Jesus.
Do you wonder if God is working in your life or are you in wonder of how He transforms your life? It comes down to one thing, perspective. Our hope in Jesus can take the biggest trial of our life, and turn it into the biggest testimony of our LIFE! Depending on how we choose to see the situation.
If you are struggling with doubt and disbelief, I challenge you to open your heart to God. Ask Him to show you in His word how special you are to Him. I promise you the bible is not just a book. Jesus was not a person, but God who came to earth in the form of man died on the cross for our sins and rose again on the 3rd day.
No more wondering, be in wonder. On your homeschooling journey, you are not alone.
What is going on in your life that is leading you to wonder? How can you change your perspective with faith?
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