Seeing God’s Grandeur through the Darkness

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As people go about living their everyday lives, some forget ‘God’s Grandeur’ as poet Gerald Manley Hopkins points out. Everyone sees life through only his own eyes, not through the beauty of others. We seem to take advantage of the gift that God has given us: someone who cares. If people look past all their faults, they will see that through the help of God, everything will soon be okay.

The poem begins with a soft entrance before the heartfelt meaning that the reader takes away at the end similar to a roller coaster. Everyone buckles their seatbelts before taking off for an adventurous ride. A simile is the first rhetorical strategy Hopkins uses to give the reader a resemblance of how bright God’s light is shining down on us. The sentence “… like shining from shook foil” makes an image pop to the mind of the rays that may cause. Now, put that into everyday life. Many of us struggle with seeing the beauty of things that the world seems to be a cast of darkness; however, with God’s light, no one will have to worry about being stranded in the darkness anymore. For instance, I went through rough patches where I lost people who meant the world to me that forced me to think that I would never understand why. It felt as if I was just ‘blah’ walking around in this beautiful world, but that all changed when I gave my questions to the man upstairs. He gave me a flashlight to see in the dark tunnel I had been traveling through daily. He made every negative thought turn into something positive. Yes, many times we feel as if we cannot do anything right, but through the help of God, he will put us back to where we belong.

As I reached the end of the poem, I noticed the strong imagery used in the final two lines. When reading this line, I instantly think of my sweet friend, Haley Begley, who is soaring her wings as we speak. For me, these sentences have a symbolic meaning that could potentially help anyone. When many people lose loved ones, they blame God for taking that specific person away; however, in the end, that person is still here with them today. Many times people struggle with the thought of letting someone go, which is understandable. However, if people look deeper than what’s standing in front of them, they could see that God didn’t take that person away. He represents a guardian angel who is now helping God to protect his loved ones at all cost. Sometimes, many of us think of death as heartbreaking or terrible, but maybe sometimes letting go doesn’t always mean saying goodbye. God is just protecting them as he does for everyone else, but now, that certain someone is soaring his wings to show everyone that he has no pain and will forever be an angel until we see him again someday.

Now, I know some may not think the way I do and I understand; however, the laudatory tone Hopkins uses gives readers what they need to hear. The poem isn’t meant to say that life is going to be a pile of doom if someone doesn’t believe in God. All the poem is stating is that God is here for each and every one of us even if we don’t recognize it. Everyday, we live our lives as if everything is okay, but not everyone is capable to live in a house, buy food for their families, or have a car to drive to work. Some families do not understand the reason why they were given that life, but if they look beyond all that, they can see that God hasn’t left them alone. Everyone has to walk through a storm before they reach the siting of a rainbow. If anyone out there is struggling, Hopkins is trying to help that person see that God will not leave him alone to struggle by himself. He will help, maybe it won’t be today, but someday that person will finally see “God’s Grandeur.”

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