Monday, August 23, 2010

Our Father's Childlikeness in Creating - Desiring God Blog

  I'll let you know up front. I stole borrowed this post from I found it so amazing I just had to share it.
Here is one more golden G. K. Chesterton quote I encountered while reading him recently (though I could list many more). He makes the case that the regularity of nature is not an argument for God's absence from it, as in deism, but rather for his perpetual, childlike presence in it.
What he says also reminds me of Jonathan Edwards' view of creation.
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; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.
The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical ENCORE.
Orthodoxy, p. 42 (paragraphing added)
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