Thursday, March 11, 2010

"Do it Again!"

If you have contact with young children, you know how long they can find enjoyment in the same thing over and over again. "Do it again!", is the refrain of a little child. My daughter has certainly got that phrase down.

So it was with great interest that I read this quote from G.K. Chesterton, who suggests that Halle is reflecting to me the image of our Maker:

A child kicks its 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...

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. The repetition in nature may not be mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore.

1 comment:

  1. Love GK Chesterton quotes, though I've never read any of his books.

    (I love kids, too!!! They DO teach us much about our God and Father.)

    By the way, I've heard of an organization called the Chesterton Society. Website is Interesting site from what I've seen of it.

    Jim W