I am writing a novel. Whether it will be published or not is a different story. But, in any event I am writing a novel.
I have had a lot of fun creating characters—good guys and bad guys, good lawyers and bad lawyers (I know some think the phrase "bad lawyers" is redundant) —and manipulating the details of their lives. I had the major points of the plot all worked out before I began writing, but I've been making up many of the minor details as I have been going along.
When I was about half-way through, I realized that I had made a miscalculation on some dates and had to go back and move all the events of the entire novel to make everything occur seven days earlier.
It was at that point that something occurred to me about the nature of God that I want to share with all of you.
God directs the affairs of men. Applying that principle on an individual level, God directs both the big events and the little events of each of our lives. And God not only directs the events of each of our lives individually, He is able to intertwine all the detail of every life on earth—like one huge novel with several billion characters—and keep everything in perfect order. God never has to go back and say, "Oops, I need to go back and move all the events back seven days, I forgot something." God is able to flawlessly write real human history, while we have difficulty keeping ten characters straight in a work of fiction. It is humbling to compare God's ability with ours and realize how much smarter He is than any human ever could be.
Let's apply this principle to our lives as home schooling parents.
In some sense, the act of raising our children can be analogized to "writing a story" for each of our children. We try to provide them training and experience to make them fit for service to the Lord, their families, their churches, and their nation. We arrange thousands of details and hope it all works out in the end for our children's good.
I am sure that many of you have found, like Vickie and me, that we are not perfect planners for our children. Nor do we always execute even our best plans perfectly. The reality is that if the well-being of our children's future was dependent upon us alone, something would go awry and we would find that we have to go back and undo parts of the story and start over again like the novelist who had to move his events back seven days.
Raising a child is a complicated endeavor—much too complicated for any human to perform perfectly.
The good news is that your child has another parent. He has a heavenly Father who is superintending all the details of his life. God, in His sovereignty, allows us free choice, but always maintains full authority over every detail. I am not smart enough to figure out how He does all that. But then again I am not smart enough to write two hundred pages of fiction without needing to rewind and fix the details to fit the plot.
I only hope that I am smart enough to realize who is really in charge and that I spend adequate time each day talking to the God of the universe who loves my children and me and wants every detail in our lives to work out for our best and His glory.