When I was in college, I took a drawing class. I don’t know why. I’ve never considered myself “Good” at any art form. And–spoiler alert–I didn’t ace the class. I was not willing to put forth enough work and re-do things that I wasn’t satisfied with. I slid by with a high B or something. I learned three things in that art class that changed the course of how I have viewed God and life. Today I’ll share only one of them. It was from a text by Francis Schaeffer. It was talking about the intersectionality between “sacred” and everyday life and how art and science and mathematics and law and many things could be a form of doxology. If you all have followed my writings and ramblings for a while, that concept won’t be new.
That concept has strung itself along through many of my favorite writers and poets. If you look at the very top header of this site, there’s a snippet of a quote from Louisa May Alcott. The full quote is “The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”
The idea that insignificance is a powerful teaching tool or a particular form of grace that is a motivator for gratitude is scriptural.
Think about Proverbs 6:6. Go to the ant. Consider her ways and be wise.
I hope if my kids learn anything else in this coming school year, it’s the value of little things. And I hope that as the year waxes and wanes that I can keep in mind that they are little things, too, precious in the eyes of God. That their hearts and minds, while infinitely valuable, are still young. I pray that I don’t expect too much of them—or too little.
And as I lead them in learning, I pray that they can delight and awe in God’s nature, His story, and His ways at work in the world around us.
As a mother and home educator, it’s my privilege to cultivate awe and wonder in my home. Over the next few weeks, I’ll share a bit about how I do that with specific regard to home education.