“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.” –G. K. Chesterton
CS Lewis also wrote on this same concept that God might wave His hand every morning like a symphony director and make each flower pop open individually, leaves start to change color, shade of light reflect a different part of the rainbow’s spectrum better reflecting His creation. I never knew Lewis’s reminder of the power of God emerged from GK Chesterton, but it must have, since the GKC quote above was written decades earlier. Even though this “individual symphony” idea not scientific at all, is important for us to remember that this is within the realm of possibility because God is the absolute Master of the universe. In truth, his genetic and biological processes are even more fabulous by orders of magnitude, yet their enormously complex ways and the automatic manner in which they set creation into motion should not erase the reality that we are loved by a Father who cares enough at the individual level to count every hair on our heads and pay attention to each and every event about which we are worrying. Today is a new day. The sun came up for you because God wants you to be happy, to smile and laugh, to relish in His fabulous creation, and to be immensely in love with Him and all that surrounds you. Clouds (literally and figuratively) are not a deterrent to your smile because you see them as nature’s source of life-giving water for the flowers and grass to flourish. Likewise, “clouds” that are trials in your life serve for your soul to grow more beautiful and reflective of God because of your reliance on Him as the symphony director. Thus, put any and all events that today pose a stumbling block to your Faith into His ever-capable hands and submit totally to His will. This is your charge today, and tomorrow, and every day that God allows the sun to shine, the flowers to pop open, the wind to blow, and the rain to fall.
Ad majorem Dei gloriam (AMDG, for the greater glory of God),
Beautiful. What comes to mind is authority… as noted in the Gospel of Mark today.
The comments by Chesterton and Lewis capture the power of an authentic authority which sees with the heart and lenses of conversion; something that always has been present since the beginning of time, is currently present, and will always be present. It is a matter of Chesterton and Lewis coming to that realization, as we (hopefully) all do in our lives. Some of us take longer to realize this than others and most often requires the pain and suffering of life’s experience. This is where the authority of seeing a reality in front of us comes, not by social or professional status. In fact, my experience is that some of those with the most authority may, in health care terms, not be a physician but desk staff, nurse, therapist, or custodian. Authority comes from the correspondence with our hearts desire that only One can fulfill. It is this opportunity for us as physicians through the physician – patient relationship that presents the invitation of meeting the desire in the hearts of our patients and ourselves.