“Bird Box” – Unplugged Pt. 1
Don’t Talk, Just Listen
Here in the newly released movie “Bird Box,” the world as we know it comes under attack by a mysterious demonic force that causes one to experience extreme grief and sadness that leads to a tragic death byway of causing you to commit suicide upon oneself. The way the movie is strategically written and displayed is that if you see the creature, you then turn and take your own life.
There are many who has given this movie a very bad rating, when in fact, if you look beyond the obvious and see the possibilities that are presented throughout this movie, you will find that this movie is filled with a wide variety of spiritual symbolisms. The only way to experience the appreciation of this movie is to see it through spiritual eyes and not just with the carnal instinct of how we view other modern day to day movies.
In the beginning of this movie it opens with a scene where the mother whose name is Malorie, is speaking strongly to two kids that goes by the names “Boy and Girl.” In this scene she makes several strong statements to both Boy and Girl, but we are going to only focus on one particular statement in this regard. Malorie says to them, “It’s going to be hard to pay attention and it’s going to be hard to keep quiet.”
The opening of this movie is quit confusing until you watch it a little further beyond the inception of it, however, these words stood out to me boldly as Malorie was giving life information to the kids that were now under her care. When she made this statement, it pryed at the idea of how we are so quick to speak and slow to listen. Scripture leads us to many text, but just to introduce this idea we will visit James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,slow to speak, slow to wrath.”
The reason Malorie explained with such a strong tone to Boy and Girl that it’s going to be hard to pay attention and it’s going to be hard to keep quiet is because she was speaking from experience. Remaining silent isn’t something that comes natural to us as humans because we have organically grown adapted to adjusting to the noises that surrounds us day in and day out. Experience has taught Malorie how to listen to authentic voices. Experience has taught Malorie how to remain silent so that she can hear the echoes of her surroundings. Experience has also taught Malorie how to avoid bringing detriment upon herself by avoiding the noises she would hear during her frustration.
We have so many things that constantly arrest our attention causing us to be distracted by the noise that surrounds us. So the question becomes, how do you silence the noise, especially when the noise you hear is coming from you? (1) Kill the noise of your heart. Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. You have to learn how to detach from those things or people that have detached themselves from you. Too often we fill our minds with the noise of our emotions. It’s easy to fall into the trap of depression as a result of experiencing loneliness or separation anxieties. Your heart noise can keep you in a ball of confusion that will have you rolling away from God, His purpose, and His plan for your life. (2) Kill the noise of your mind. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. The things that we are familiar with can also be the things that lead us to our detriment. Familiarity has a way of clouding our judgement into thinking our past experiences gives us an array of wisdom to make the right choices most times. If we learn to truly trust in the Lord, we in turn will obey Him. It’s not that we should fail to think, but we should ask for the direction of God to lead us to our intended purpose as well as our expected end in Christ. (3) Kill the noise of your lips. Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. Loose lips leave lasting lacerations! The tongue is said to be the strongest muscle in the body. It has a way of piercing you, leaving you lifeless, and causing eternal wounds. This is telling us we have to be careful what our mouth takes in. The mouth is the doorway where the things we ingest has a way of materializing into fiery darts of the tongue. Our mouth has a way of getting us into things sometimes that we aren’t adequately prepared to deal with. The consequences that arise can cost us more than we intended to pay. If we learn how and when to tame our tongue, we will experience less of the troubles we inflict on ourselves.
Exercising the restraint of silence is a good virtue to have. At times remaining silent can be a struggle, but there are some benefits of silence. When we are silent in the midst of peril: (I) The soul is refreshed. God is allowed to flow within us to give us a renewed spirit and vitality. (II)The soul is restored. God will recalibrate our souls giving us a sense of balance. (III) The soul is resolved. God digs deep and deals with our greatest hurt and brings us into absolute healing. (IV) The soul is relaxed. God extends his wisdom to us so that we may receive the gifts of His mercy, His peace, His joy, and His righteousness through our devotion with him.
So take the time today to and remind yourself, “Don’t talk, just listen!” The more your practice this one tactic, the greater your ear for Him will be. It’s awesome that His GPS system tunes in to us when we speak, but our lives will benefit greatly when our GPS system tunes in to Him.
J. Leon Gant Jr.