The Father is younger than we.

By the way, it was never officially announced, but The Eagle & Child (this blog, for the unitiated) went out of beta back in December 2003.

But I digress.

G.K. Chesterton, as quoted in The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People (John Ortberg):

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 daisies all alike; it may be that God makes every daiy 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. (p. 65, emphasis in the book)

I am not strong enough to exult in monotony, I have learned that this weekend, housebound, looking after the children, trying to keep the house in order.  I felt like a grumpy old sinner this weekend—and because of that, like a failure.

I woke up this morning ready to start again, start anew.  But by noon it had all gone to pot, as it were.

Lord have mercy.

5 thoughts on “The Father is younger than we.

  1. Toni

    I am young enough to exult in things that I find fun and exciting, even if they are repetitive – I suspect you are the same. The tedious, dull and monotonous are just that, but they may appear different to someone else (like your children).

    Now it’s my belief that God set things up so that He didn’t have to literally cause the sun to rise every day. But IF he did it would be a joy and a thing of great pleasure, watching the light spill across the earth as it came above the horizon, all full of glorious golds and reds.

    I guess if you’re jaded with life then there may be ‘nothing new under the sun’ but I’d expect walking closely with God to engender an attitude of anticipation and excitement in glorious things, even when you’ve seen them before. Of course many things ARE dull, tedious, lacklustre and uninspiring, but those tend to be the things men have made out of their own craft.

  2. Marc

    What are you suggesting about my walk with God, Toni? 🙂

    There are certain monotonous things I enjoy. I never tire of nature—as I said in my last post, it doesn’t matter how often I see the moon, it’s special every time.

    On a more ‘ordinary’ level, I drink a lot of tea, but I enjoy every cup.

    But there are some things that it is difficult for me to deal with: long hours at home, with no time to do anything of use.

  3. Linea

    But Marc, those long seemingly useless hours at home may pay off big time in the long run. Your kids are witnessing a dad who is there both for them and for their mom. You can’t put an excitement value on that – well it might be possible but it wouldn’t rank too high – but you can put a big caring and faithfulness value on what you are doing. We just measure things that really count on a skewed scale.

  4. Marc

    I know, Linea. That’s part of the problem. I was cranky (and tired) for most of the weekend. So the kids saw a lot of Grumpy Dad and Yelling Dad. I always regret that and it came to a head this weekend, to the point of me feeling like a failure, at least for this weekend.

  5. Linea

    Well, at least they see the real you and will learn that you, in all your moods, are still there. You are still Dad even if you are grumpy and yelling so don’t beat yourself up too badly over this weekend that was so disappointing for both you and Dixie. I doubt that you are half the failure you feel yourself to be. 🙂

    Praying for you guys.

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