Bats Fly In the Dark, So Do We

I’ve never been a big fan of bats, although I appreciate that they eat mosquitos — one of my least favorites of God’s creatures. Several years ago at Chautauqua, Suzy attended a lecture about bats. She came away with a much better appreciation of bats. I on the other hand took a nap and as a result got to hear Suzy’s new found wealth of knowledge over dinner.

How bats navigate in the dark is fascinating. They emit a sound into the dark and wait for its return. This all happens very rapidly, out of total darkness a picture of the bat’s surroundings appears and the sonic image allows it to navigate.

Did you ever consider prayer as similar? We send our hopes, our fears, and our thanks into a vast unknown and hope to hear something in return. The returning signals may come quickly or be a long time coming, the response may be something familiar or something completely new. No matter what we trust that our prayers are heard and we will receive a response. In the meantime we forage on in faith.

Maybe I should go with Suzy this year? All of nature has lots to teach us.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


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