Of Bats and Batgirls

When things go "bump" in the night at our house, I sometimes wonder if it's my 8-year-old practicing her echolocation skills. You know, just in case she finds herself in a dark cave someday without a flashlight. Okay, so maybe I should use the word "practicing" loosely. She doesn't actually know how to navigate her surroundings by sound waves, but if she were a super hero, I have no doubt "biological sonar skill" would be her superpower of choice. I haven't had the heart to tell her that Batgirl already exists.

Yep, bats are a big deal at our house.

In fact, things got a bit batty here for a while. There were bat Legos, a bat costume for Halloween, and I even found myself sewing bat stuffed animals, and with four daughters, I never saw that one coming.

This fall, after checking out every bat-related book from our local library, my daughter created her own independent study. I found her, long after formal school hours were over, carefully copying "bat facts" into a notebook and lovingly sketching pictures of the different species. Later, as she shared with me her findings, I couldn't help but marvel at how masterfully bats are designed.

Echolocation is only one of the many amazing features of this nocturnal animal. For example, did you know it's the only mammal able to fly? And that bats only have one pup per year and are excellent mothers? I didn't.

If it weren't for my daughter bucking culture's labeling of bats as creepy, and instead seeing them as wondrous, I would have missed out on a chance to stand in awe of our creative Creator. Sometimes it takes one of my kids to remind me to stop and be filled "with the wonder," as Rich Mullins once wrote, of God's world.

I love how God didn't resort to a "tract house" mentality during Creation. Instead, He demonstrated His imagination and attention to detail in unusual creatures such as bats and batgirls.