Homeschooling. I never thought I would do it, and sometimes it is more stressful than I could of imagined. But there are moments, like today, that are so tender and unique that remind me how grateful I am I get to teach my children at home.
We were discussing the stars using this cool, flashlight contraption. As the kids pointed out constellations they knew I was reminded of a talk that has some of my absolute favorite quotes in it titled “You Matter to Him”
by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. In this speech he says…
“The universe is so large, mysterious, and glorious that it is incomprehensible to the human mind…There are few things that have filled me with such breathless awe as flying in the black of night across oceans and continents and looking out my cockpit window upon the infinite glory of millions of stars.
“Astronomers have attempted to count the number of stars in the universe. One group of scientists estimates that the number of stars within range of our telescopes is 10 times greater than all the grains of sand on the world’s beaches and deserts.
“This conclusion has a striking similarity to the declaration of the ancient prophet Enoch: ‘Were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea, millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations.’
“But even though man is nothing, it fills me with wonder and awe to think that ‘the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.’
“And while we may look at the vast expanse of the universe and say, ‘What is man in comparison to the glory of creation?’ God Himself said we are the reason He created the universe! His work and glory—the purpose for this magnificent universe—is to save and exalt mankind. In other words, the vast expanse of eternity, the glories and mysteries of infinite space and time are all built for the benefit of ordinary mortals like you and me. Our Heavenly Father created the universe that we might reach our potential as His sons and daughters.
“This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God. While against the backdrop of infinite creation we may appear to be nothing, we have a spark of eternal fire burning within our breast. We have the incomprehensible promise of exaltation—worlds without end—within our grasp. And it is God’s great desire to help us reach it.”
I know that’s long, but it’s SO BEAUTIFUL I had to include it all! As I shared that with my kids I told them with the love and sincerity that only a mother can express that THEY MATTER. Even though the universe is without end, God cares about hearing every sentence of each of their little prayers, because THEY are the reasons He created the whole universe. I let this sink in and whispered a silent prayer of my own that I am so thankful I can teach them their value in the middle of science class. That’s pretty special, and more valuable than knowing any constellation…though I hope they remember those too! 😉