Sight for the blind

For most of the year squirrels scamper off to the nearest tree if I’m close by, but not in the Fall. They don’t seem to notice me at all. One such squirrel nearly ran into me the other day. I saw him scampering toward me and at his trajectory and speed combined with mine we’d meet head to foot – his head, my foot – in about three seconds. But he didn’t slow down. He shot across my path as if I didn’t exist.

Very odd that, I thought. Squirrel brains obviously change channels in autumn, becoming blind to anything but gathering food for the winter. That’s all they see. But humans are like this in the winter months too, because here come Halloween and Christmas again, and what happens? People brains change channels. Normally quite sensible people, who diligently budget the rest of the year and cut out coupons to save tiny fractions of money, suddenly throw caution to the wind at Halloween and Christmas and think nothing of blowing the budget on mostly useless, short-lived junk.

It’s not the junk that makes me scratch my head in wonder, it’s the blindness. In a great mass hypnotic state, the most intelligent species on Earth plods off to fulfill its own self-imposed rituals at Halloween and Christmas, and sees nothing wrong with them. But what about the cost, the waste, and debts piling up through spending what we can’t afford? It doesn’t matter; the show must go on, regardless.

I can see why God sent Jesus to give “sight for the blind,” Luke 4:18, because he could see we’d need help. But he’s totally willing to help us, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,” Colossians 1:13. He knows the dilemma we’re in. We’re living in a world of darkness. It’s no wonder, then, we’re stumbling around like blind people, oblivious to what our culture is doing to us.

Jesus, however, exists in another dimension above all this mundane stuff, and he’s all for lifting us above it as well, Colossians 2:20, 3:1-4. We’re not stuck in just one dimension (like squirrels in the Fall) forever blinded by the “god of this age,” 2 Corinthians 4:4. God offers us the chance to escape the powers that blind us and bind us to our insane and destructive ways. And couldn’t our world do with that right now? But we have the solution right at our fingertips: God sent Jesus to give sight for the blind.

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