I watched the Netflix hit, Bird Box. I love Sandra Bullock and well, I got sucked into the Netflix promotion. Trailers, clips, and memes everywhere. However, this movie was suspense-filled, dramatic and grotesque in parts. But, surprisingly will all the suicidal scenes it was a good Sandra Bullock film. If you have not seen the movie and plan to, you may stop reading here (spoiler alerts). If you don’t plan to or already have, keep reading.

Bird box in a nutshell: When a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain- if you see it you die. The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes on the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods, and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they’ll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them and the complete trip must be done blindfolded.

Yes, I will be the first to admit, I did flinch just a few times because watching Sarah Paulson step in front of a bus and get splattered everywhere would make any semi-normal human flinch. Yes, I said semi-normal.  I will say it is the on the edge of your seat, a grotesque thriller with lots of suicidal death and chaos. But the ending with a story of hope and a new beginning was worth it.

As I watched this movie (normally a movie I would never watch) Because it was described in the media as one of the scariest movies of all time. I don’t do scary. I am one of those girls who jump when a can of biscuits are opened.  And, seriously, I watched Nightmare on Elm Street as a fourth grader after my parents told me not to. I snuck off to a friends house and made the executive decision to watch it.  I mean as a kid we watched The Lawrence Welk show and Austin City Limits. So, I was sheltered in the entertainment department.  It took me years to recover from watching Freddy Kruger. I didn’t sleep in the middle of my bed for years and was terrified of the bathtub drain.  But, I watched Bird Box.

While watching I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what the entities in this movie were. Were they extraterrestrial, supernatural, something spiritual? The biggest movie upset here was it never exposed what exactly the entity was, just insinuates. And, of course, that people were drawn into it.   Also insinuating it took on the form or each person’s worst fears and sadness then immediately causing them to commit suicide. But, not just commit suicide but it was always in a violent manner. During this movie, there are a few people who survived to look at these entities. The movie suggested they are mentally unstable, once or currently institutionalized, or maybe just a deranged with a violent past. Corrupted into the process and driven to fanatical worship, believing they are beautiful, they spend the entire movie as disciples of this unrevealed entity, possessed and obsessed with getting other people to look. One of these disciples, Gary, revealed in drawings, he sees these huge black shadow like figures with massive fang-like teeth, still believing they are beautiful. This was disturbing, to say the least.

The one thing in this movie was they didn’t just settle for closing their eyes. Because, since I’ve been about three years old. I thought when your eyes are closed you can’t see, right? Gary (the pretend good guy & friend) prying the eyes of Cheryl open forcing her to “see” these entities, resulting in her death.  So, they went a step further they took the extra step to ensure there was no accidental looking and were blindfolded. With all the death, chaos and uncertainty they had faith, literally blind faith, They knew the blindfold would keep them from looking.

In the end, Mel, Boy, and Girl (her children, later named Olympia and Tom) end up in a safe haven with other survivors. They can rest, relax, the kids can play and Mel rests in the fact she made it to the “promised land”.

What did I learn from the move Bird Box?

I began thinking about how much I could relate this movie to everyday life as a Christian. How often do we walk out of our house without our Christian blindfold on, to protect us from what the bible warns us to and we get devoured by the world? We get caught up in things of the world. Without even knowing and before it’s too late. We become part of the world instead of just in the world.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  (Vs. 16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the father but is of the world. (Vs. 17) and the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17

What are our blindfolds? See, We are holy spirit filled Christians with discernment, our blindfold. We are also given something they didn’t have in the movie, armor.  We have the full armor of God  (Ephesians 6:11-18)  to assist in our protection as well. Yet, we leave our homes daily leaving behind our blindfold. Then just as the movie, we don’t even have to leave home for the enemy to attack. We access movies, music, social media and engage in and spend too much time accessing things that break the heart of God. We are distracted by disciples of the enemy because the enemy knows it only takes one look. In the movie, it suggests some entities come in beautiful light forms, including a helpful friend 2 Corinthians 11:14 (Gary, One’s deceased mom, voices of the past and missing loved ones).  The enemy will do everything in his power to distract, call or entice you to remove those blindfolds. He wants to devour you, your spouse, your kids and anyone else living for God John 10:10.  His one and only goal are to provide you with an enticing first class one way flight to change your eternal destination.

So, I challenge you, make sure you are blindfolded daily. Ask God, to show you where you need to add blindfolds in your house hold. It may be the text messaging, conversations, social media, music or movies. Wheater, you are staying home or going out, use those blindfolds, and for safe measure definitely, use the armor of God. 

Keep your coffee hot and prayers hotter,

Hollie McCalip