“… let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance…(Proverbs 1:5).”
“Right from the start — from the hyperactive verbosity of the recordings first track ‘Blinded by the Light’ — Bruce Springsteen’s first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973) explodes with its troubled vision of a world gone awry.” So speaks Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz of the singer’s first work in his biography, The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Redemption from Asbury Park to Magic.
Springsteen was a product of that raucous era known as the 1960s. His lyrics in “Blinded by the Light” are autobiographical and are difficult to interpret. Symynkywicz says you would need a line by line commentary from Springsteen to understand them.
A reading of them reveals that he may have been looking for escape from his troubles in the wrong places, perhaps drugs or sex. Springsteen speaks of being “blinded by the light, cut loose like a deuce (the poker card), another runner in the night.” Perhaps he was not only seeking escape from his troubles, but running from them.
Saul of Tarsus was a hard runner himself. He was running hard to be somebody in religious circles. Saul ambitiously pursued Christians, a people he thought were heretics, entering their homes and dragging them off to prision.
But one day he was blinded by the light of Jesus, who appeared to him while traveling to contínue his persecution. “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do (Acts 9:5,6).” That was it, no great instructions, just get up and wander blindly into town and you will be told the next step.
Fortunately for Saul, Ananias was a man who listened to God and obeyed Him. Despite his misgivings he found Saul and guided him into his new faith in Christ. Saul was no longer blind (Acts 9:15-19). Before his life was like Bruce Springsteen’s, one gone awry. Now he was himself about to turn people’s lives upside down on behalf of Christ.
When Jesus shows up, His appearance is so stunning that we are in effect blinded. It’s wonderful, but we don’t know what to do or where to go next. When this happens, it’s time to ask God to give us an adviser of the same ilk as Ananias.