The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through wisdomyour days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer. Proverbs 9:10-12 NIV
There are a few things you should know before you read this blog. First, I never liked or did well in math growing up as a child. In fact, I probably cried more tears over math than everything else combined in my young life. It was a constant battle. In fact, just the other day on the phone my dad and I were laughing about all the time and tricks he put into teaching me my multiplication tables. I told him he deserved a purple heart! Second, in November we decided we would start homeschooling our children for the Fall 2013 school year. God had been tugging at my heart for over a year and I finally fell in line with His will. Third, I just completed a 3-day practicum put on by the main curriculum we will be using (Classical Conversations) and the focus was on how to LOVE math so you could teach your children to love it too.
Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you. Deuteronomy 4:12 NI
I admit, my expectations were low. I started with a “Love math? Yeah, right!” attitude. I knew I would probably learn some fun math games and more about the curriculum, but what I got was so much more and completely unexpected. I have practiced for years seeing God in the ordinary and today I made the connection that God created all this symmetry, laws and numerical patterns. He isn’t just in the things I like or find beautiful, but everything. So when I see Him in the ordinary ~ I’m seeing math too. No computer could create such a perfect pattern throughout life.
Just like this shell I found walking on the beach years ago. Even though it has been broken and roughed up by the waves ~ you can still see God’s perfect and beautiful design hidden in the heart of it. Still remaining, secure and safe. I realized that even when things look broken, we get frustrated and don’t see the purpose we have to look beyond what’s there ~ beyond to God. There is beauty in EVERY single one of His creations. It just may not look like it from the outside, but His plan is perfect. He ways and thoughts higher than ours.
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues. Proverbs 10:19 NIV
When we practice seeing God in EVERYTHING ~ even the things we don’t particularly like, it promotes growth, knowledge and wisdom. Wisdom that will not fade away. Wisdom that isn’t temporary but permanent wisdom that we can carry through life and use to make a difference in His Kingdom.
So, math has never been my favorite subject, but over the past three days I have learned that if I can focus on God the love of math will come (if I practice). I desire to be where God is and if He is in math ~ I want to be there too. I never want to miss out on a way to know my Heavenly Father more intimately and draw closer to Him.
You divided the sea before them, so that they passed through it on dry ground, but you hurled their pursuers into the depths, like a stone into mighty waters. Nehemiah 9:11 NIV
Maybe it’s not math for you . . . maybe you already love math, but you have a “ick” feeling about another subject, person, or place. Think about taking the time to see how God is woven into that particular thing. He is the creator of everything. Practice seeing Him there and that “yeah, right?!” attitude may just disappear completely. Start by making filling in the blank.
I Heart ___Math__!____
As they asked over and over the past few days at practicum ~ Do you choose to believe? So I ask you, Do you choose to believe you can see God in what you dislike? Do you choose to believe He created what you dislike? Do you choose to believe He can help you overcome your distaste for thing particular person or thing?
What will you choose to heart?