I have been maintaining, somewhat, two blogs, for some time.
This blog, Job's Tale, was about my journey of faith. I started it two weeks before my mentally handicapped son played with fire and burned down our church.
Since then the topics have been focused on my spiritual journey, my family.
About a year ago I began another blog... one I wanted a little more private. My wife had been having an affair. I wanted to make it easier for her to come back, hold her head up, face people in our church and community. So I tried to find a place where I could work through my feelings and thoughts and be a little more discreet than this blog which so many visit.
She left me for a short period, but came back.
I believe this past year I have been doing what God wanted me to do, though it was hard, and it hurt, and it was... a real mess.
Now... she has left. And I feel it is time to move on. I have no inner voice telling me I should work to help her heal, keep her in our home and family, work on our marriage.
I don't know why God had me do this past year.
I think I was supposed to do what I did this past year. I don't know why. I know God wanted me to, but now it is over. Perhaps this past year will be something she needs when she looks back at it from some future date.
It's been tough, but I think I needed to do all that. Being obedient isn't always easy or fun or what seems like the right thing or logical.
But, there it is. I went out and walked and prayed for quite a while this morning. No directions, no sense of what is next, except just doing what needs to be done. It's a time of waiting and healing and working to finish raising these boys.
I will need to explain all this to my son, Jeremiah, when he comes home from his friend's this afternoon.
Now... to the point of this post.
This blog has been with me for a long time, and I don't want to give it up. I think the title is pretentious, comparing myself to Job of the Bible. I'm just an ordinary guy. But perhaps the slight embarrassment I feel over the title of this blog will keep me humble.
I ramble. The point is... I do not feel I have to hide this other part of me. I don't know if I will post different things on each blog, or the same on both, or eventually shut one down... but, I am opening up that part of my life to those who visit here... sort of an impulse in being open and honest and transparent.
So... if you care to... you may visit my other blog.
It is called "The Journey of the Curious Servant" and the address is: http://csexplores.blogspot.com/ ("C.S. Explores")
After I had posted a few things there I noticed the unfortunate word "sex" in that address and so it has attracted a few unwelcome visitors, and it embarrasses me a little, but embarrassment keeps us honest, right?
At any rate... if you want to know me better, you are free to read through the posts over there chronicling the past year.
I could use a little prayer for my family. My children are a little handicapped and this single parent thing is going to be tough.
Love you all.
(But you can call me "Will".)