For over two weeks now, this is what I have heard, with an occasional ringing breaking the silence or pain when my children speak too loudly. The medicine I'm taking apparently hasn't made it's breakthrough yet. I send up another prayer that God would speak life into my ear so that I can hear in that ear again. I remind Him that He's done this before in much more serious situations. He has made the lame walk, the blind to see, the truly deaf to hear. This is nothing -- just a little plugging up for a week that is irritating and occasionally painful.
I wait in the silence, hoping He might just decide that now is a good moment, but there is no change. So I hope for tomorrow . . . and for sleep.
It is as I am waiting for either to come, that I sense His words. "Do not turn a deaf ear to Me. Do not plug up your life with the busyness and business of this season so much that you ignore Me."
I am reminded of the warning in Proverbs 28:9, "If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable."
And my soul smiles. For this God of mine has given me an opportunity to really hear. He has indeed spoken words of life into my dysfunctional ear. Lasting words. Words that I may remember through the holiday season so that I may never forget the Promised One who brought healing and salvation.
"Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert."
May your eyes truly see and your ears truly hear this Christmas season, so that you dance and sing for the One who was and is and is to come!
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