“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—” Joel 2:25
NEW PODCAST IS UP: Redeeming the Locust Years
This week, we took a little break from our 10 Essentials to Homeschooling Podcast Series. It’s been a long and disappointing week for many, so we wanted to take a break to share a little bit of humor and a whole lot of encouragement from God’s Word.
We decided to update and repost this week a previous blog from last year. In our latest podcast, we share encouragement from God’s Word and from Joel 2:18-26 in particular. I share some of my own experiences of how God has restored and redeemed past homeschooling years that were lost or eaten up by the “locust.” God is faithful and mighty to save. Knowing God has replenished past years and even multiplied our efforts, we can be sure that this year will be no exception.
Do you feel like this season of homeschooling has eaten up by the locust or do you feel like this has been a lost year? If you feel like this has been a year of wasted time, wasted effort, wasted money, or wasted tears, then be reminded that NOTHING is wasted in God’s economy.
When I was pregnant with my second child, I remember sitting on the cold bathroom floor wondering when the morning sickness would subside. I was well into my sixth month of pregnancy and the violent vomiting still plagued my mornings. Since vomiting induces a vagal response in the body, I seize and pass out every time I gag or vomit. My morning ritual in the bathroom would wipe me out for most of the day. At this time, I was homeschooling my daughter, and my husband wasn’t working from home yet. Needless to say, not much homeschooling or learning was taking place. Well, at least that is what I thought and that is definitely how I felt.
Later that year, my son was born, and I was exhausted. He never took a nap longer than 20 minutes. One morning I noticed the back of the house was unusually quiet. I rushed to see what was happening. To my surprise, my daughter was sitting next to my baby boy reading to him. No big deal right? Well, it was a pretty big deal for me. I attempted to teach her to read prior to my pregnancy but to no avail. Between my exhaustion, passing out, and recovering from childbirth, we never really got much school work done during pregnancy or after my son was born. I thought I had failed. I thought we would have to do some major catch up the next school year. However somehow along the way, my daughter figured it out. She had learned to read. All of the “fruit” that I thought was lost, eaten up and wasted by the swarm of locust that “invaded” our home and homeschooling that year were actually redeemed and replenished by the Lord. The past year was not wasted. Through God’s power and grace, our school year was blessed and was surprisingly quite fruitful.
There have been so many examples over the past twenty years of me ending the school year feeling like a failure, yet the year was restored by God’s grace, redeemed by God’s mercy, replenished and even multiplied by God’s faithfulness! This school year will not be an exception. It has been a year of loss and mourning, but God has turned “my mourning into dancing … and [He] has taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy” (Psalm 30: 11). It has been a year of betrayal and brokenness, yet the Lord has “bestowed on [me} a crown of beauty instead of ashes” (Isaiah 61:3). And yes, it has been a year of wasted hours and stolen minutes, however, God has promised me he will “restore the years that the locust has eaten… Behold [He is] sending grain, wine and oil, and [I} will be satisfied… The threshing floor shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. . . . [We} shall eat in plenty and be satisfied” (Joel 2: 18-26).
Finish this school year knowing that God is ultimately in control and He is our mighty Redeemer and Restorer.
**NEW PODCAST: Redeeming the Locust Years. CLICK HERE or find us on iTunes or Spotify. Next week, we will continue our 10 Essentials to Homeschooling series and discuss Essentials #7 and #8.