“Do It Again”

“…it might be true that the sun rises regularly because God never gets tired of rising. His routine might be due, not to a lifelessness, but to a rush of life.

The thing I mean can be seen, for instance, in children—when they find some game or joke they especially enjoy. A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. 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—but we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

~ G.K. Chesterton

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  1. I thought of this post while babysitting for my 2-1/2-year-old granddaughter yesterday. We pulled out of the driveway at about 5:45 p.m., to go meet her parents and my husband for dinner, into a world dominated by a glorious sunset. Adeline’s voice exuberantly exclaimed from the backseat, “Thank you, God, for the beautiful light you created!” She was so exuberant and honest that Nana had to exclaim too. Ah, for the innocent exclamations of a child!

    • The innocence of a child bears the mark of the Creator. Think of His joy at the spontaneous outburst of your granddaughter. There was a smile in that sunset!

  2. Love it..there is true beauty and peace in the little moments. Those are the ones that often take my breath away.

    • Yes, monotony can be lovely—beauty on the small, sometimes so normal parts of ever say life.
      Thanks for your comment!


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