The Blind Fish
Mammoth Cave near Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the
spectacular sights in the world. Visitors inside the cave may explore
175 miles of underground corridors, see eight waterfalls, two lakes and view
three rivers, one of which is 60 feet wide!
As visitors descend as far as 360 feet below the surface, they see in the
various cave formations, shapes like trees, flowers, fruits, and waterfalls
--all of these in a variety of colors.
One of the unusual wonders of the cave, however, is its strange live fish
without eyes. These fish are not only blind, but they have no pigment
in their skin. Visitors can see through the skin to the pink flesh of
Now the fish in these caverns once had eyes. But through ages of
disuse, their eyes have gradually been lost. The fish also no longer
need pigment in their skin to protect them from the light. In the cave
also are blind beetles and crickets who have lost not only their sight, but
also their wings. Just as was the case of the fish, these insects have
lost these functions because of disuse.
So it is in our lives. There is an analogy here with the parable of
the talents. The Lord takes away from us that which we do not use.
"Many are called, but few are chosen," might be paraphrased for the modern
bishop to read: "Many are asked, but few respond."
Indeed, those who do not respond to the call to use their God given talents
may some day find that these talents have been taken from them and given to
* For more information about these fish,
visit this link to see pictures and
read more. It is very interesting!