A month or so ago I began work on a book project that requires a lot of mental energy and focus. About the same time, my husband unexpectedly lost his job and joined the ranks of the unemployed. (Welcome to the club, Darlin'!) Between my kids being out of school for the summer and fighting boredom, and my husband in frequent need of moral support and advice on how to word a cover letter or which tie to wear to an interview, my office looks more like a three-ring circus than a writer's nook!
Why run away to join the circus when I live in one, right?
Lest you think I am complaining, I am not. Never have I felt more needed or valued than I have this summer. Life is crazy! Between prospective employers, concerned friends, and neglected creditors, my phone rings off the hook all day long. My husband and kids are constantly in and out of my office and my train of thought is frequently derailed. Even though I technically have a job as a writer and am under contract for the book project I am working on, my family somehow doesn't get it that I am actually employed because I am at home all day.
I could pull my hair out by the roots in utter exasperation or run away to my mother's house in the quiet woods along the Little Red River, but that won't solve anything. The chaos would still be here when I return, so I simply choose to be joyful.
I don't think there is anything in the thirty-first chapter of Proverbs about life in the circus except perhaps this verse: "She laughs at the days to come" (verse 25). Call me a clown with sawdust in my veins -- life with Jesus, no matter how crazy it gets, is the greatest show on earth!
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