I work in a library.  Library work can sometimes be described as  monotonous.  You do the same thing over and over and over and over…you get the idea 🙂 A lot of us can describe our lives the same way.  We get up, go to work, come home, do someting, go to bed and repeat the process day after day after day.  Where is God in all of this?  Is He present in the routine acts of our lives?

I think G.K. Chesterton has an answer for us…

“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.”

I have never thought about it this way, but I find this very comforting.  I hope they don’t fire me when I start to play at work 🙂


One thought on “Monotony

  1. Oh, wow, yes, Chesterton and his wonderful ability to succinctly explain something so wonderfully. This is really very beautiful.

    Casts a lovely golden light on our monotonous days, doesn’t it 🙂 Maybe looking at the monotony through this beautiful light we will see things we didn’t see before.

    PS: This is the second post I’ve seen on Chesterton in as many days. I really do think I’m going to have to delve into Orthodoxy 🙂

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