This past Tuesday night we began a study of Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love in our small group. In dialoguing about prayer, He included a quote from G. K. Chesterton’s book, Orthodoxy which has blown me away. Here’s part of it:

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 first thing you should do now is read the quote again at least 2 more times. It’s deep…very deep. But it says something significant: God doesn’t get bored. I’m not sure about you, but I get bored. My life feels dull, my spiritual life feels routine, my heart grows hardened. Why?

Because my sin nature says that I should have more, that God should always be who I want him to be in my life and respond the way that I desire, and that I can do life on my own for significant periods of time.

But I can’t. And God should not always be who I want Him to be and many times enough is enough.

It’s hard to keep the infancy, the “Do it again” spirit alive in my life. My kids still have it, but it is slipping away quickly. I heard our 4-year old say recently, “I’m bored.”

God, will you give me “an eternal appetite for infancy.” Will you help me to decrease so that you can increase in my life and allow me to experience a relationship with you that I have only scratched the surface of?

What about you? What does the quote say to you?

  1. Nathan on Friday 12, 2009

    I have been thinking about this post ever since you wrote it! I have yet to grasp it completely but the thought that God does not get bored of doing things the same way is absolutely amazing!


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