I’ve heard of deer being caught in the headlights—but never a deer caught in a light globe. A suburban New York police officer was recently credited with rescuing a deer whose head was stuck inside a discarded light globe. The officer first tried to pull the plastic globe off of the scared deer’s head. That didn’t work. So he threw his jacket over the deer’s head so that when it pulled backwards in fear, its head came free. Officials at the Department of Environmental Conservation estimate that the deer had been caught with the globe on its head for at least a day.
Isn’t this how we are? We’re poor and lost and totally incapable of freeing ourselves from our predicament. We get ourselves into trouble and then have no clue how to extricate ourselves from the problem. We wander into the spiritual woods and soon our curiosity leads to serious issues. We start poking our heads into things that ultimately leave us blind and disoriented. We chase down all kinds of trails without any awareness of the pain or heartache or adversity that will result. We’re helpless, hopeless, and utterly confused.
This is how Paul described our condition before coming to Christ: “They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts” (Ephesians 4:18). Prior to our salvation, we were clueless. Our hearts were so compromised by sin and Satan that we had no idea where to turn or what to do. We were enemies of Christ. We suffered from spiritual myopia so severe that we couldn’t even recognize our own blindness. We were enveloped in a world of darkness so that our spiritual sensitivity was gone.
Then, Christ came and pulled off the blinders. He took us out of the spiritual ‘globe’ that had robbed us of our sight. Through His Word and His Holy Spirit, he restored our vision and renewed our understanding. The god of this age (Satan) had blinded our minds (2 Cor. 4:4). But God “made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” This miraculous rescue freed us and delivered hope for the first time in our lives.
I know this is true not only because scripture says it, but because it has been my experience. Before Christ, I wandered in sin and lost my way. But one day Christ flooded my heart with the light of the gospel—and it has made all the difference! I did nothing to deserve or achieve it or merit it—it came strictly by his grace. But I’m thankful that in spite of my stubbornness and sin and stupidity, God broke through my ignorance and blindness to bring me into light and freedom!