After much deliberation and trauma over what to post on the blog I finally sought inspiration from my sister.
"I have no ideas for what to blog about!" I moaned to her.
With perfect tranquility she responded, "Blog about a log."
Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time so I ran with it, but I think you will agree with me that I got a little out of hand. I think from henceforth I shall call all such random blog posts Blogalogs (and may all Redwall fans laugh). But here goes nothing, my very Chestertonian (in the style of G.K. Chesterton) rant about logs.
The modern thinkers then, will then import this style of thinking onto the natural surroundings as well, and suddenly all objects fall into these categories of "useful" and "useless." These kind of men blunder through the forests of life, kicking aside every pebble, stepping over every stone, and cursing under their breath should they ever cross a log. In doing this however, they miss out on the vast majority of life's greatest gifts, for God is a Creator of good things, of meaningful things. He is a God Who loves the mundane and glorifies the simplistic. He is a God Who dresses the lilies, Who calls Himself a vine and His people branches, Who built a Church on a Rock. He is a God Who exults the lowly things.
God looks at a log and sees potential. He sees a chance to bring life out of death, and does so, in a scientific manner, by turning the log into a food source and a busy metropolitan of the ecosystem. The log is a center for the rejuvenation of plant life at its very foundation. The very rot of the log is the source for new forests and new life. Far more than that though, God exonerated the log beyond any other vegetable matter when He crossed two logs together, burnt Himself on their altar, and saved the world. Two dead logs became the new tree of life.
The log is simple, and so God brought greatness of it. To man the Cross is ridiculous, but God has given it the ultimate, most profound meaning in the universe, making it a sign of His own, unfathomable love. Man sees the log--he sees suffering, struggles and obstacles and says, "this is useless." But God sees the log and makes it the most necessary tool in the most important task of every human life. He gives the log to man as a ladder to Heaven, saying, "Take up your cross and follow Me." (Matt 16:24)