The Simpleness of Monotony
“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.”
This time of year when we are all going a million different directions at breakneck speed, it’s tempting to overlook or rush through the simple routine items; however, it’s in these times we need to exult in the monotony in order to appreciate the little blessings of life.
In Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors, she writes about seeking God in the day-to-day activities of life like folding laundry or making dinner or cleaning up toys. It’s during those times she remembers to slow down and think about each blessing in her life.
I’m so thankful to be reading her book at this season in life because things at the Collier household have been a little chaotic lately. Instead of just folding a basket of laundry as quickly as possible, I’ve tried to make folding my one year old daughter’s shirt a different experience, pausing to thank God for the blessing she is to our family— to thank Him for her laughter, her curiosity, and thank Him for the way she gets excited seeing a bird outside the window. The monotonous task of folding laundry has taken on a whole new meaning for me, making it something I enjoy rather than dread.
The same idea of slowing down and thanking God naturally lends itself to our work here at school as well. As busy as we are, there are so many routine, monotonous tasks we do each day and rather than drudge through them, we should use those times to be reminded of the blessings in our lives and thank God of all the great things here on Mustang Mountain.