While trying to nonchalantly protect my ears – so it wasn’t obvious to everyone around me that I was “too old”, it suddenly occurred to me that in nature you rarely find loud noises. A sudden explosion of thunder can jar you and make you jump but it isn’t abrasive or painful to the ears.
I have stood in awe before the power of Niagara Falls. The earth shook beneath my feet and the roar of the falls reverberated through my entire body and soul. Yet, there was no desire to protect my ears. A huge, majestic almost frightening sound filled the air but it was not ear shattering or abrasive.
As I thought about this more I realized the same is true of color. In nature most colors are muted. Yes, there are the brilliant reds, golds and oranges of fall leaves. Yes, there are gorgeous sunsets filled with dazzling, indescribable colors. Yes, I have seen birds with exotic plumage that causes you to stand back in reverence for the artist that “painted” these creatures. Yet you rarely, if ever, see anything natural that compares with our “day glo” hot pinks and other exaggerated colors.
But, despite man’s efforts to “enhance” colors, amplify volume and “improve” upon nature, I can’t think of anything man has created that can match the splendor of a sunset or the subtle, sweet song of a bird or the beauty of a spectacular landscape.
So what does all this mean? I have no real conclusions at this point in time. Currently these are merely observations. I would be interested in hearing what you think this indicates. Maybe you disagree with me. Maybe you think plastic or silk roses are more lovely than the real thing or that man has created something of surpassing beauty. Maybe you think I am just too old and they oughta crank the music in church till your ears bleed. I’d be interested in your thoughts on it (unless you think I am too old. In which case keep it to yourself you young whippersnapper.)
So what do you think?
The Lord will destroy Babylon; he will silence her harsh, noisy cacophony.