Going In Circles
Some wit remarked that a rut is a grave with the ends kicked out. “Stuck” is the dominant theme. ‘Round and ’round we go. Progress is a distant memory, if we can remember it at all. Life in the daily round sometimes doesn’t feel much like life, does it? At least, not life as we expected it to be. I mean, who knew work would be so boring. Did anyone tell you that marriage would be full of a demanding thing called duty? And having children…isn’t the “glory” of it often eclipsed by endless cleanings, diaper changes, feedings and etc.?
The big top circuses had three rings on the floor. Something was always going on in each of them. Maybe that’s a good metaphor for life…a three-ring circus. It can be deflating, wearying, frustrating and so very, very daily.
But I was thinking…duty isn’t a bad word, is it? It’s a good word…a strong word…a word we count on. And so we should. And there’s a way to look at our going-in-circles lives that transforms everything. It’s called faith. And we, who belong to Jesus, are called to walk by it, even if it is in circles at times, even for extended times, if that’s where He has placed us in life.
One time, each day, for six days, walking around the walls of Jericho. How’s that sound for a military strategy? Not so glorious, huh? But wait a minute…the seventh day came. Now what? More walking, you say. Yes…much more. Seven times around on the seventh day! Well, at least they had been prepared for walking. Hadn’t they done it for forty years in the wilderness? Oh well. Here we go…one foot in front of the other…then the other…then the other, ad nauseum.
Then…a new thing! Shout! Walls crashing down! Overwhelming victory! Complete success! Honor to God! Lesson learned! If going in circles keeps me in the will of God, then, out of my way. I’ll see you on my next loop. And one of these days, so bathed in duty and commonplace, my faith will have enabled me to truly see the glory of the ordinary, when God is near.
Hang in there, sisters and brothers! I’ll try to do the same.