Larry and I saw the movie “Gravity” this weekend. This post is not a review of the movie, and I won’t include any spoilers for those of you who haven’t seen the movie but want to see it.
I will say that it profoundly affected both of us.
We talked about it later. I asked Larry what he thought the meaning of the movie was. He thought about it and said, “Don’t lose hope.”
And, I added, my favorite line was when Sandra Bullock’s character said something to the effect that she may live or she may die, but either way, it was going to be one hell of a ride.
Her statement was a strong one, especially since she had, up to that point in the movie, been hiding from life, not quite wanting to die, not quite wanting to live.
This movie reminded me that whatever life handed me, I wanted to live with hope and joy. To live fully and die gracefully.
So that’s the movie part of this post. The soaring bird? I saw him on Sunday. I went out into the yard to get some photos. I haven’t meandered around like that in nature since we lost Sam almost two weeks ago.
The temperature was perfect, the sky was blue, the sun was bright. We still have a lot of green left on the trees, but I saw some changes in the leaves.
When I take photos, I try to remind myself to look up, look down, turn around and look behind me—see the different perspectives.
I looked up and saw a large bird sailing through the sky.
I lost sight of it, but then when I was filling up the bird bath, a shadow crossed over me. I looked up and saw the bird again. Then another.
I thought I was seeing a pair of hawks, though I realized later they were vultures.
I snapped photo after photo. I walked around with my neck bent backwards, focused on the sky, trying to follow the lovely path of these birds.
The birds, the sky, the sun, the trees—they are all so much bigger than me. Nature is so much bigger than me. God is so much bigger than me.
It all pooled together: the movie, the hope, the bird, the joy.
I wanted to cry from that joy.
What is something that has given you joy lately? And if you’ve seen “Gravity,” what did you think of it?