The other day, I had an opportunity to look at an Impressionist painting. Up close, the painting looked like globs of paint on a canvas. But from a distance, those very strokes of paint transformed into boats, shadows, and buildings—objects that simply would get mistaken for meaningless swirls of color unless the viewer took the time to step back and look at the big picture. Then, and only then, would he see a masterpiece.
As you teach math to your child, remember to step back and behold God’s masterpiece. Don’t get so lost in all the mechanics of writing and solving problems that you forget their purpose. Just like the brush strokes in a painting, they’re just the means by which we attempt to record on paper the beautiful and faithful way God holds this universe together. There is a beautiful masterpiece to behold in math.