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Exulting in Monotony




Lately, I’ve been looking for ways to be more richly present to God in the ordinary rhythms of my every day. On my clearest days, I’ve felt God’s invitation to use play time with my son and gardening as two distinct opportunities for meaningful and intimate time with him. My intent has been to approach those environments like a spiritual practice.


I came across this quote by G.K. Chesterton, which struck me because of the way God uses children and nature to reveal himself. Also, the whimsy of God’s delight in making identical daises over and over fills me to the brim.


“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.”

- G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy


Whether you are a gardener, a lover of nature, a person with children in your life, or someone seeking to know God deeper, maybe something in that resonates with you today.


May you also exult in monotony and find God in wherever your ordinary daily rhythms take you.


-Melanie

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