Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Deaf Can Hear

I lay on my pillow in the hours of night when all should be sleeping and listen to the soft "woosh, woosh" of my heartbeat.  It is all I can hear in the silence.  My good ear is against the pillow, leaving my plugged ear up to miss all those faint night-time sounds.  Instead, I hear what sounds as an empty seashell that has long forgotten the sea.  Nothing but loud air.

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."
                                       Isaiah 35:5-6

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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Amydeanne said...

Having ear issues still and over the past 2 years, boy do I understand what you're saying!!

and what a cutie patootie in the picture!

happy WFW!

Jackie said...

this post really spoke to me. a few years back around the holidays my FIL unexpectedly lost all hearing in his "good" ear after a brief illness. it left him essentially deaf. after much prayer & visits to specialists his hearing returned. what a blessing. thanks for the reminder to give thanks & praise.

e-Mom said...

Oh, I'm sorry you're suffering some hearing loss. An infection?

God's object lessons are always timely. You've taken a "lemony" situation and turned it into lemonade. I'm sure the inner ears of your heart are well-tuned to Him right now... a blessing in disguise.


Wanda said...

Hope you get to feeling better soon but I like how God is able to get our attention in everyday matters. Cute photo.

Kasondra said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Your post was very heartfelt and touched my heart. How wonderful that you can take something that so many people would be CRIPPLED by and find God in it! That's so amazing and uplifting!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a good post - and cute photo, I might add. :-) So sorry you're having problems with your ear. I had a sinus infection that most antibiotics wouldn't touch, and it seemed to go on forever - until my doctor finally prescribed Biactin, some really strong antibiotic - that finally knocked it out. I had to endure a metallic taste in my mouth for a while, but I figured it was worth it. These things can turn serious pretty quickly. Hope you get better VERY soon! How miserable that is!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh what a beautiful post! May we hear the word of the Lord in our lives. May we head His beautiful words of wisdom. Thanks for sharing. Sending prayers of healing your way.

partialemptynester said...

What a wonderful way to look at your situation! Praying with you regarding your ear :)

Sharon Kirby said...

How inspiring - you have found a wonderful message from the Lord in the middle of your suffering! Thank you for sharing that.

Of course I hope you feel better soon - and that your hearing is restored. But what a testimony you have given - that the Spirit within us can speak to the ears of the heart - and a faithful person like you can hear.

I pray that God "unstops" all our clogged up ears - so we can "be still" and know Him!


alison said...

i love how you take a situation like that and can find inspiration in it. it's so easy to get wrapped up in all the wrong things, especially during the holidays when the entire reason for the holiday is Jesus.

funny sidenote: my sister is deaf in her left ear. we went on a road trip to oklahoma to see our dad several years back and my allergies were acting up. my right ear was clogged up to where i couldn't hear a thing out of it. we didn't notice how this would be an issue until we switched off driving duties. when i was in the driver's seat and she was in the passenger seat, our deaf ears were to each other and we couldn't hear a thing the other was saying!

Thoughts for the day said...

I can so relate to this. I have a bad ear and a good ear most of the time. A few weeks ago I had a virus and both were plugged as if I was in water. Drove me batty... no not really but it was sure a relief when they finally popped.
Isn't it good when God is so patient with us? even when we don't hear him?
(or is it selective hearing like our children)

lori said...

WOW....having those blasted ear issues recently on an AIRPLANE just drove this all the more home girl! WOW!

Amazing how HE brings a message in the affliction...He's just COOL like that...

praying for you girlfriend!

Debra Kaye said...

Thid touched my heart strings! Thank you for sharing it today of WFW. I'll be praying the Lord to send healing your way in His perfect timing.

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