But now ask the beasts to teach you, the birds of the air to tell you;
Or speak to the earth to instruct you, and the fish of the sea to inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of God has done this?
– Job 12:7-9
In life, some of the best memories we have are those where we are caught by the tide of life unawares. No matter how much money we spend on exotic vacations or how hard we try to cram as much into those trips as possible, the best memories are almost always of the simple things. It is the chance encounter that stays with us. It is the seemingly small moments where everything seems to come together in some cosmic sense and you feel yourself knowing how you fit in with the vast universe; the type of moments that are not spent rushing to post a status, picture or video on Facebook. Because how do you explain it? You don’t…you live it.
One of the best examples of this that I can think of is this scene from the movie Immortal Beloved where young Ludwig van Beethoven escapes another beating at the hands of his drunken father.
Though this video, Murmuration, is an excellent representation of the excesses of God in nature as well.
The Excesses of God
by Robinson Jeffers
Is it not by his high superfluousness we know
Our God? For to equal a need
Is natural, animal, mineral: but to fling
Rainbows over the rain
And beauty above the moon, and secret rainbows
On the domes of deep sea-shells,
And make the necessary embrace of breeding
Beautiful also as fire,
Not even the weeds to multiply without blossom
Nor the birds without music:
There is the great humaneness at the heart of things,
The extravagant kindness, the fountain
Humanity can understand, and would flow likewise
If power and desire were perch-mates.