Chesterton writes that God is like the child who each day says to the sung and moon, “Do it again.” Our creator is constantly here with us, constantly creating and making all things new. Just as He is watching over the world, he is waiting to make things new within our hearts. The majesty of our world and universe is so beautifully designed, right down to the smallest detail. The sun rises because of a rush of life, not because of a set routine. Chesterton suggests that it may be that God makes every daisy separately and has not gotten tired of making them. A child enjoys repetition and has boundless energy. Children are free spirits and want things unchanged because they are entertained by the wonders of the world. As we mature we lose the curiosity of childhood and fail to see the daily miracle of life unfold. Jesus taught that we are to come to the Kingdom of God as a child.
The beauty of the earth also has a magical element. It is amazing to me that the earth provides all we need for survival. It is not surprising that many of the ancient peoples worshiped the sun or other parts of the creation. The complexity of the human body is one miracle upon another. Biological science is full of never-ending mysteries. Chesterton spoke of the magic of the world, and if “magic” happened, there should be a magician somewhere. I believe that God is the “magician” that makes it all happen. Everything has purpose. The modern view of scientific materialism denies any purpose behind the creation. The world just came together as a mass of elements and molecules. The modern scientist has to have a scientific explanation based on facts. There is no magic to his view of the universe. Chesterton felt facts to be miracles in themselves because they were so wonderful. He felt that the world had some purpose; and if there was a purpose there was a person.
Chesterton’s idea was that the proper form of thanks was some form of humility and restraint. He also felt that we owed an obedience to “whatever made us.” It is amazing to me that these ideas came from a confirmed agnostic. His logic is so powerful, and his argument for a creator is so thoughtful and convincing to me. It’s exciting that the Creator – God has a plan for my life. I want to follow Him daily and discover how that plan unfolds.