The older I get the more I appreciate repetition. I’m not talking about routine, although I value that more, too. I’m talking more about reinforcement and confirmation. I love it when Providence sends things my way and then leaves me to marvel at the overlapping, cohesive connectivity of it all.
Such a cosmic convening happened this morning when I was reading from C. H. Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. Writing about the divided nature of the human heart, Spurgeon said, “To have one foot on the land of truth, and another on the sea of falsehood, will involve a terrible fall and a total ruin.” In cosmic collision speak, I was struck by how those words (written during Spurgeon’s life in the mid-late 1800’s) mirrored words written by someone else in our own century.
In the song, Sigh No More, the band Mumford and Sons sings, “One foot on sea, one on shore/My heart was never pure/You know me/You know me/But man is a giddy thing…”
Merriam Webster’s Online Dictionary lists the following synonyms for the word giddy: “birdbrained, ditzy, dizzy, featherbrained, flighty, frivolous, frothy, futile, goofy, harebrained, light-headed, light-minded, puerile, scatterbrained, silly, yeasty.” Yeasty? Yes, one of the definitions for a word that conjures up delightful thoughts of a kitchen wrapped in the aroma of baking bread, is “immature or unsettled.” If I once knew this definition, I have forgotten it. I guess I need to start repeating it. My new mantra when my children are annoying will be, “Stop being so yeasty.” I digress.
What hope is there for giddy people? Again, Spurgeon wrote, “Christ will be all or nothing.” Mumford and Sons say, “Serve God, love me and mend…” One needs to read the full content of both the devotional and the song, but I think they’re getting at much the same message. What do you think?