After spending time asking God what He wanted for her life, our oldest daughter came and told us that she believed God wanted her to go to public high school. She felt God was asking her to be a light in the darkness with her peers. It was her petition that caused us to seek God’s heart regarding this request. We had never considered anything but home school, so it was a challenge. After several months in prayer God came to us with release and peace. She entered public school in 10th grade and did beautifully.
God often speaks to me through pictures, much like Jesus did with the parables. He sears them in my mind, with a message of truth attached. On one such occasion He used a picture with Hannah.
Hunched over from the weight of her backpack Hannah slowly walked up the driveway. Upon entering the door she remarked at how heavy her backpack was, hurting her shoulders. She asked me to pick it up and feel how heavy it was, so I did. I could barely lift it. It was overflowing with every book she owned for school. Did she really have that much homework? No, she didn’t need all the books, in fact, most of them she didn’t need. She hadn’t wanted to go to her locker so she brought them home. Had she made a quick trip to her locker her load would have been lighter. She had carried more than she needed.
In an instant God began to speak to me. “Your days are like that backpack”. “You have things in them that you don’t need, things I have not given to you.” “Come to me with an empty backpack and let me fill it up with what you need each day.” “When I leave it empty, you must leave it empty.” “Those are the days I have given you to rest.” “My grace is sufficient for the day.” “If the grace is not sufficient, then I am not the one who has altered your load, you are.” As usual when God speaks to me like that I am blown away.
A few months down the road God began to give me more pieces to add to the “backpack” picture................