Written by Sarah Koerner
In trying to challenge myself in 2021, I'm reading a lot more non-fiction books. If you told high-school-aged me that I would be reading about history in my free time, you'd see the whites of my eyes as they roll to the back of my head. All that I'm reading about is very interesting, but one stand out aspect is the constant referral to B.C. and A.D. throughout the commentary.
I doubt this shocks you, but these acronyms stand for "Before Christ" and "Anno Domini" (Latin for "year of the Lord"). In the world of modern science, which favors figuring out the universe apart from God, they utilize a timeline that hinges on God. Whether they will admit it or not, all things revolve around our Creator. Part of what makes science so incredible is that it shows us how detail-oriented and creative our Creator is. Psalm 14:1 tells us "the fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'"
Do your kids have an interest in science? Are they just curious about how the world works? The curiosity of children is an easy way to point them back to God. Yes, we had some incredible scientists and inventors in our time - no one is arguing that Thomas Edison didn't have a monumental impact on humanity. What sparked Edison's curiosity? Who created that drive for knowledge in him? We can be thankful that God did not create humans to be mindless, robotic followers. We were given the opportunity to explore all that this intricate and beautiful world has to offer - and He made it for us to enjoy (prior to The Fall)! Time is literally tracked with the arrival of Christ himself.
As you toil over homework with kids via Zoom calls and through social distancing, use the discovery and knowledge of the world to praise the God who brought it all into being. This is part of how we honor God in all we say and do (Colossians 3:17) - even when it's an assignment. Personalizing any part of learning also makes it more memorable, so fingers crossed for those test scores!
Whether you're alongside your child through their education or not, remember that you are in a time that hangs on the very existence of Christ - before Him and after Him. No wonder he is the Alpha and Omega.