The Radius of an Atom


Matt came home and told me,

“I was the only one who knew how to do a problem in chemistry today. So I had to get up and show the class. It was how to find the radius of an atom. There was a lot of chemistry but at the end of the problem I used a lot of geometry. It was pretty easy, well, I mean, he gave us the density of the crystal structure,”

“Well, yah, Matt, piece a cake then. Geesh.”

When Matt told me about his day, I pondered that I had prayed to God that seven children would succeed in spite of their mother/teacher’s deficiency, that as my ability to teach higher stuff ended, they’d get into college. I prayed that God would not let me be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. It is good to look back. That’s why we have the Old Testament. It is good to ponder. Sometimes life can just keep marching on and we forget to remember the ways that God has blessed us.

God never quits testing us, bringing along new tests until the day we die. New tests are a good time to look back and ponder His blessings. And then look toward the new.

So today  while it was still dark and the roads were icy, Jarrett left to travel 1 1/2 hours to take a test in Fundamentals of Engineering, the last little straw to his degree. Andrew and I got up earlier than that to pray for Jarrett. And then we prayed with him before he left that God would give him recall and would bless the studying he’s done. Finding the testing center would have been my first test.

God’s the type who gives tests to prove our abilities; not the kind of teacher who likes to see us fail like A Beka school tests. Oh, man, those tests were little buggers! (If you’ve ever used that curriculum, you know what I’m talkin’ about.)

I know most people have left off with writing Christmas letters, but I got some this year and it was such a thrill to read them, to see the photos, to see God’s work in the lives of friends. I love pinning all those photos up on my kitchen cork board and there they stay all year. And they get a lot of viewing and remembering. I wanted to be lazy but those photos and letters made me write a New Year letter.

The beginning of a new year is a good time to ponder anew what the Almighty has done.

drawing by Matthias

drawing by Matthias

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1 comment to The Radius of an Atom

  • Cindy

    Just got your letter in the mail today and stopped in the midst of my “list” of places to go and things to do, to enjoy a happy moment reading your family letter. Loved the details of each of the lives that you and Andrew have poured yourselves into. May God’s richest blessings continue to touch you and yours. Thanks for taking the time to update your family and friends. Hope to see you in Lancaster County one of these, soon to come, spring days.

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