Blind As A Bat
“One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see” (John 9:25)
As a fifth grader my performance in school suffered. My grades took a nosedive and my headaches got worse. The problem was distance vision. After an eye exam, I fitted my first pair of glasses. But it felt awkward. I could already hear the silly taunts, “It’s goggle-eyes.” Fearful of what kids might say, I left my glasses home.
I had to squint my eyes to make out the words on the blackboard. From where I sat, everything was so blurry. The day came when my teacher called me to her desk saying, “I believe these are yours.” It was my new pair of glasses! Mom found me out! What an embarrassing moment. Everyone stared. My spectacles made a spectacle of me.
Yet something magical happened when I wore my eyeglasses. The words on the blackboard became crystal clear. The whole classroom brightened up. The colors around me were so vivid. Who cares what my classmates thought. I was experiencing the freedom to see the world of elementary school, as any fifth grader should—through 20/20 vision. How could I have been so blind for so long? My grades vastly improved and my confidence was never better. I could truly say, “I once was blind as a bat, but now I see.”
Fear caused me to turn a blind eye. It clouded my vision and stunted my growth. Alongside my glasses, Jesus gave me a set of spiritual lenses and I wasn’t afraid anymore. I began to see the world as God meant it to be seen.
© 2009, Gicky Soriano. All rights reserved.
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