It has almost been a year since I posted this excerpt from Chesterton. At that time, the comment provided a much needed perspective to the repetitive nature of graduate school. Now, the year is drawing to a close and as we enter into the season of Advent a new year is beginning for the church. This is a season marked by a frenetic pace of consumption and gatherings, again requiring a healthy perspective. Our pastor reminded us this past Sunday, this season is characterized by waiting. We wait in anticipation for the fulfillment of God’s promise to send a Saviour. It is a time to “Be still and know that God is Lord.” Since there is a certain degree of monotony in waiting (eg. Three months and still no visa!) I’m hoping this excerpt (and video) reminds us that God fills every moment with beauty, if we take the time to be still and consider it.

Backwards with Time

Today I received this video from my grandpa:   

If you’ve seen Planet Earth you are probably not a stranger to high speed footage of natural processes.  But how does this footage impact our perspective on history?  By speeding up the cyclical development of something as simple as a flower, we are confronted with the beauty of what otherwise can seem monotonous.  In Orthodoxy, GK Chesterton eloquently described the vitality of monotony in these words:

“All the towering materialism which dominates the modern mind rests ultimately upon one assumption; a false assumption. It is supposed that if a thing goes on repeating itself it is probably dead; a piece of clockwork. People feel that if the universe was personal it would vary; if the sun were alive it would dance. This is a fallacy even in relation to known fact. For the variation in human affairs is generally…

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