By: Beth Martin. We have talked about five important parts to our homeschool journey: destination (The Journey- Part 1), transportation (The Journey- Part 2), maps (The Journey- Part 3), people (The Journey- Part 4), and pit stops (The Journey- Part 5). A final part of most trips that I haven’t yet mentioned is the roadblocks, detours, and breakdowns. roadblocks, detours, breakdowns
Roadblocks, Detours, and Breakdowns
If you take a long enough trip, you will inevitably encounter at least a detour or slowdown in traffic. This summer we traveled to Michigan for my son’s wedding. I think every road leading there was under construction!! In one place near Detroit, google maps told us to go one way, but that road was totally closed! We had to detour to a different road before proceeding, but we were determined and motivated to get to the wedding! My tendency in these situations is to be stressed and anxious, but I’m also learning to realize that having that attitude does absolutely nothing to help the situation, and only makes me and everyone around me miserable.
What to do?
You WILL face numerous obstacles in your homeschool journey, but these are not reasons to turn the car around and go home! Use these times to reassess your plans and determine if you need to slow things down and spend a bit more time in an area. Maybe you need to totally stop what you are doing and “park” in a particular place until you get something right. Maybe you need to readjust the overall plan. Or maybe the “car” (curriculum) is not working well. It might just need tweaked and fixed a bit, or occasionally you might even need to take a particular curriculum to the junkyard and borrow or buy a new one. Just don’t abandon the journey altogether in the process! Sometimes those very detours that frustrate us can be the best blessing! How many times have you found a great little restaurant or quaint shop because you had to make an unplanned stop on a trip? Some of our best learning moments took place during times when we threw the curriculum out the window for a day and had a totally spontaneous day!
To persevere on this crazy but exciting road trip called homeschooling, you will need support. Find at least one person who will walk beside you, encourage you, and push you along the road when you are running out of gas. You might find this in a local homeschool support group, in your church, or even through your SCAIHS counselor. We don’t expect you to be perfect and we are here to help you when the road is bumpy and difficult! I would also encourage you to call on God for help. If God has called you to embark on this journey, then He will ensure that you are able to complete it. Yes, you have a part to play along the way. Homeschooling will be hard work. It may be expensive. It may even come with breakdowns, roadblocks and many bumps along the way.
1 Peter 5:6-7 says,
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
You truly CAN cast your cares on Him and let His mighty hand supply your every need. You don’t need to give up on the journey!