"For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found" (Luke 15:24a).

The day had started expectantly for our family as we left on a field trip to Denver, Colorado. My children were looking forward to visiting the planetarium and seeing artifacts and rocks on display at the museum of natural history. Wonderfully, the entire day had lived up to our hopeful expectations, and only one stop remained before beginning our long drive back home. With a time limit of one hour or less, my husband dropped us off at the Christian bookstore.

My three oldest children left for the music department to listen to CDs, while my four-year-old son and I proceeded to shop for gifts for upcoming birthdays. Normally, I'm very attentive to my children's whereabouts while shopping, but after reading the verses in several cards, I looked down and saw that my son was gone. Thinking he had rejoined his older siblings, I began to look around for the four of them, but neither they nor my young son were in sight. After scanning the store, I located my older children, but our perfect day came to a terrible end as I realized what every mother fears most — my son was lost!

Circumstances in life can change so rapidly. One day we think we are safe and secure with money in the bank and food on the table, and the next day brings devastating problems that bring us to our knees. Like Job in the Old Testament, problems can hit us like a tsunami and wipe out all our joys in a single moment. Fortunately, my tidal wave of terror ceased that day. After searching with my three oldest children for over an hour, we finally found my youngest son asleep in the back seat of our car with his father fast asleep in the front.

Are you filled with uncertainty while you homeschool? Do you feel on top of the world one day and down in the valley the next? If you are just beginning to homeschool, it may seem like a rollercoaster ride for several months or even a few years. Hang on! God will help level out your teaching days with His loving care and guidance, and He will help you find your way. "O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee? Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them" (Psalm 89:8-9).

Lord, here I go again. I feel so lost in our homeschooling. Teach me to trust You for the wisdom I need to be the best teacher I can be for my children. In the name of Jesus, Amen.