Object Lessons

Right Outlook

Objects: The Bat

I like to call the bat the night policeman, for he is one of the most valuable little creatures in protecting the crops of the garden from the army of insects and moths that are around our homes. I presume most of you boys and girls never saw a bat. You had better look one up some night because science tells us that he is our nearest relative in the animal world in the United States. I call him the night policeman because he is the first on duty in the evening, killing and driving away those destructive insects.

Some people say the bat gets into people's hair, but he doesn't. He flies terribly near you sometimes in a room—but he never hits anything. If he should hit you while flying he would suffer far more than you, because those wings are a mass of nerves and they are the only "eyes" he has, I am told, which detect the slightest vibration. He can chase an insect through the branches of a thick tree and never hit a twig or a leaf.

So valuable is this night watchman that in some parts of our country he is protected by law so that he may fly about freely to destroy mosquitoes where they have become a pest.

I hope you boys and girls are so tuned to God's love and plan that even though you may not see what tomorrow will bring, you can always sense what is wrong so as to avoid it before you actually get hurt by it. If the bat can "see" with its wings I'm sure you can "see" even more with your heart and so be worthy of life.

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