Have you ever wondered what it would be like to suddenly loss your physical hearing: to go from one minute hearing to the next not hearing at all?
Almost a week ago I suddenly lost all my hearing in my right ear. I have suffered from an illness called Meniere’s Disease for at least 16 years now. In the course of the illness I have suffered fluctuating hearing loss, vertigo, dizziness, and balance issues, along with sensitivity to sounds and bright lights. Yet with all the issues I had faced I was not by any means prepared for the loss of my hearing.
We take so much for granted in this life, waking up in the morning, looking at our surroundings, seeing the people in our lives, hearing the sound of the morning birds, our loved ones voices, simple ever day sounds we take so easily for granted. Yet each one of these things and so much more is a blessing from the Lord, a source of joy and peace to our minds, hearts, and spirits.
When tragedy strikes us we can choose to be angry with the situation we have been dealt or we can choose to learn to listen to the soft still voice of our Savior, Jesus Christ just as Elijah did when He was faced with fear and trials. The day my hearing left me I believe the Lord carried me outside onto my back deck. I was in my office working from home and the intense feeling kept coming over me to go outside. So I finally got up from my chair and walked out onto my deck. Just as I walked through the door an eagle flew straight above me with that shrill call they make. I looked up into the blue sky and saw the beautiful bird as it sailed straight over my head. I remember saying to the Lord what a beautiful sight as I thanked the Lord for allowing me to live in a place where I could see an experience such beauty. I remember looking around me and telling the Lord that I needed His peace in my heart because I had been worrying over some things I did not have the power to change. Within three minutes of my coming back into my office I had lost my hearing. I believe the Lord carried me outside to see and hear that beautiful eagle to encourage me that He would have me covered as I went through the trial I was about to face.
Some part of me wants to ask, “Why Lord?” but so much more I want the Lord to just whisper His sweet peace to me in His quiet still voice. I know without a doubt I am never alone for He walks with me, he hears the voice of my heart and understands me in ways I cannot even understand myself. There is no one I can be closer to than the Lord because He is with me every second of everyday. He knows every thought and fear, even the things I am not conscience of myself. When sadness comes to overtake me He strengths me and dries my tears. When I face ear injections and the side effects of the oral Prednisone He is there giving me strength. When my hope wants to fail me He is there holding me up and saying to my heart, “Don’t give up, we will overcome this together!” I cannot even imagine what my daily existence would be like without the Lord in my life. Without a doubt it would be empty, void of any peace or abiding hope. Yet in Him I can find all of those precious things that I need to carry me through each day.
I do not know what any one of you might be facing in your lives at this time but I want to encourage you to lean on the Lord. He is a source of strength we cannot find anywhere else on this earth. I would be lying if I said it is always easy but one truth I can tell you I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord loves each of us with a love our mortal minds cannot comprehend and with Him we can face anything this life can throw at us. So let us open our heart to Him today and hear His still small voice as He whispers His sweet peace into our hearts.
1 Kings 19:11-13 (KJV)
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
Isaiah 59:1 (KJV)
Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
Psalms 91:1-4 (KJV)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.