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Blind As A Bat

Updated on April 22, 2011
Jesus gave me a set of spiritual lenses
Jesus gave me a set of spiritual lenses

“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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      JGelineau 8 years ago

      This is a beautiful story. I realized the point of your story from the bible quote immediatly, and it still spoke to me. Keep up the good work!

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      TimeHealsAll 8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      What a beautiful experiance! And your story says it all. I was blind but now i see. There are so many things that can cloud our vision. Fear is a big one! God said he didn't give us a spirit of fear. Once the clouds are moved away we can see clearly that we have a God that truly loves us and he is willing and able to cast all our fears away. Thank you for such wonderful insight to Gods power and amazing Love!!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Gicky Soriano,

      What an insightful delightful hub! Praise God for spiritual lenses! It is really wonderful as you say: "to see the world as God meant it to be seen." Again wonderful insight! Thank You for sharing1


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      patriciarose7 8 years ago

      This hub is great as it's great to have God in our ball park..LOL.

      That devil Satan is always challenging our minds, hearts, and souls every minute of the day.

      I struggle at times but when the rough times arrive and challenge me or turn me away from God, I just get my nose into the Bible and read. It also helps when you have support from your neighbors and church members too.

      Now if we can only get to the youth's minds and prepare them for the new kingdom, we have done our missions, and not only the youth's.... everyone who wants to be in the new kingdom is welcome to learn more about Christ through their personal NKJV Bible.

      God Bless Everyone!

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      Gicky Soriano 8 years ago from California

      Pastor Walt,

      Thanks for the kind note pastor.

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      Pastor_Walt 8 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee

      We all have fears! Faith opens our eyes to the truth that we are still in God;s hands! Thumbs up!

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      Gicky Soriano 8 years ago from California

      Destined To Win,

      Amen. These spiritual lenses can spell the life or death of us. The people of God perish for lack of vision. Thank you for your generous note.

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      Gicky Soriano 8 years ago from California


      Thank God he fitted with new eyes! Though we see things as through a dark glass, nevertheless, it's enough for us to spiritually discern our way in this world. I always appreciate your visit and note.

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      Destined To Win 8 years ago


      Thanks for sharing this story. You are so right about that thing called "fear." Thank God for those wonderful spiritual lenses that help us to see things more clearly. Much appreciated.

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      coffeesnob 8 years ago

      Great analogy, Gicky. Fear is a crippling monster!

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      Porshadoxus 8 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      Do I get a cookie or some other reward? lol

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      Gicky Soriano 8 years ago from California


      My hub's first visitor! Thanks for stopping by and leaving an endearing comment. God bless you.

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      Porshadoxus 8 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      A great real-life metaphor for how God works in our spirits.


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