"Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me" (Micah 7:7).

Preparing for the new school year started early in our home. Lesson plans needed to be made for each child, and boxes of new and used curriculum needed to be sorted. As I began to look ahead into my son's ninth grade science, I realized we were missing a very important component to a successful year — a quality microscope. For the past several years, we had managed with an inexpensive model, but a serious study in biology required something better. However, with my homeschooling budget already spent on curriculum, I had no idea how we could afford this additional expense.

Throughout the remainder of the summer, I continued to worry over the situation. On several occasions, I attempted to lay the burden at my Lord's feet and leave it there, but then the waves of anxiety would creep over me again. Soon, only a week remained before our scheduled start date for school, and more or less, I gave up on the dream of having a new microscope. Even my idea of sharing a microscope between several homeschooling families was turned down by my friends.

That weekend, however, God took me to His schoolroom to teach me a valuable lesson about His timetable and provision. My brother, who was a medical doctor, called unexpectedly, and somehow we got onto the topic of science during our conversation. By chance (I don't think so), he mentioned he had a microscope left over from his pre-med days in college, and he promised to send it to my son. Thinking it was probably somewhat similar to what we had now, both my son and I were amazed when we opened my brother's package on the first day of school. There, in all its glory, sat a high-tech, state-of-the-art scientific microscope complete with glass slides and other lab paraphernalia. My eyes filled with tears as I realized again God's unfailing blessings on our homeschool. Yes, if we learn to wait on the Lord, He is never early nor late in sending us exactly what we need. "For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him" (Isaiah 64:4).

Lord, Your loving faithfulness is too high to comprehend and too wonderful to understand! Thank You for guiding our family while we homeschool and always sending what we need, when we need it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.