The other morning as I was running, I listened to a broadcast by apologist Ravi Zacharias, in which he quotes G.K. Chesterton:
“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”
Isn’t it a wonder to imagine a God who whispers to the sun morning after morning, “Do it again?”
And to my pots and pans at the start of yet another meal, “Do it again.” And to my stack of papers to be graded, “Do it again.” And to my child’s homework needing assistance, “Do it again.”
It’s a wonder that God’s character and purpose are not reduced or simplified by the eroding nature of everyday living. In fact, He exults in it and, I believe, even more wondrous is that He invites us to do so as well.
But Chesterton’s words unsettle me, as they ring true in my heart: “…grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in the monotony.” The “do it agains” grind us deep into boredom, self-focus, and close-mindedness.
Eventually, we find ourselves lamenting that “surely this simple thing – this predictable routine – no longer breathes with purpose.” And wonder slips from our matured minds – minds aged on facts and reasons and tangibles. See, wonder allows us to grasp divine promises and potential in one hand and grapple with everyday realities in the other, without losing a drop of hope. [Read more…]