“Could you please say that again?”

“Let me turn the water off, then I can hear you.”

“I’m sorry, you’ll have to whisper that in my other ear, I didn’t hear
a word you said.”

“Please turn down/up the volume…”

And on it goes as we who are hard-of-hearing
try to function in a very auditory world…..
was 13 years old (1986) when I was officially diagnosed with hearing loss in my
right ear.  It wasn’t bad enough to make
a huge difference in my life at that time; the doctors merely told us that it
would either get better or worse but most likely worse.  One morning, around November of 2006, I woke
up with the strangest feeling. I realized my right ear had the sound of white
noise constantly in it and eventually, during the course of that day, realized
my hearing in that ear was completely gone. After seeing several doctors, each
with the same diagnosis, I became really depressed. Yep, it was gone. There is
no treatment and no, there are no hearing aids to help.  They said, “Just deal with it.” Yeah, okay,
deal with it. How? I can’t hear people talking to me half the time, I can’t
have the car windows open, I can’t sing in choir, I don’t know if someone is
talking to me from behind, I can’t hear you if you whisper in that ear, I can’t
hear the birds sing, rain falling, music playing in certain situations, etc….
yes, okay, deal with it. That’s it. There is nothing to be done.
imagine to my surprise and delight when I began seeing a new audiologist and
his first words to me after my hearing evaluation are, “There are some new
hearing aids available I think would be perfect for you.”  My surprised reaction asked him to repeat
himself. In May 2011 I purchased and tried out my hearing aids for the very first
time. I was so excited! After he put them in for me, he whispered in my right
ear (my deaf ear) and told me my birth date and I sat in awe. I could really
hear with these miraculous aids! So now… I can hear you. I can hear people
behind me. I can hear in difficult situations better (sometimes it is still too
loud for me). I can hear my husband speak to me while I drive in the car and he
sits in the passenger seat. No more asking him to speak up or repeat himself! I
can hear the water under the tires on rainy days, the rain falling outside, the
birds singing and chirping and so much more! I can hear! As the slogan for my
hearing aid company says, “Life is on!”
of the most difficult parts of the Christian life is learning to hear God’s
voice. Knowing when He speaking to us and guiding us.  Even for the most “seasoned” Christian,
hearing God’s voice can be difficult. That’s when the doubt, discouragement,
disappointment, and often depression begin to set in. We can’t tell which way
His voice is coming from and we can’t tell if God is speaking at all. We strain
to hear whatever it is He is trying to tell us, but the TV is too loud, the
water is running, the music is on, or you are simply in another room and all
you hear is what sounds like the teacher from Charlie Brown saying, “Wah, wah, wah,
wah, wah, wah, wah, wah”.  Is this what
God sounds like to you?  There are many
of you out there who for one reason or another do not feel like you can be you.
You feel defeated and depressed. No one can possibly understand how you feel or
what you are going through. You feel invisible. You may want to be invisible. You feel like life is not worth living and
God doesn’t hear you. Well my friend, it is time to find some spiritual hearing
aids! It is time to turn life back on and find God. When we seek God and find
Him, we find freedom. We find love. Communication with God is the key to
hearing His voice. How is your communication with Him? Are you listening for
His voice inside your heart, or are you turning a deaf ear to what He is
telling you?
             When Mark prays with me in a restaurant we
hold hands and I cock my head to the side with my left ear toward him so I can
hear his prayer and hear the amen at the end to know he is finished speaking.
When was the last time you cocked your head toward the Lord and gave all of
your attention to Him, straining to hear what He is telling you?
son, if you accept my words

store up my commands within you,

turning your ear to wisdom

applying your heart to understanding—

indeed, if you call out for insight

cry aloud for understanding,

 and if
you look for it as for silver

search for it as for hidden treasure,

then you will understand the fear of the Lord

find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 2:1-5 (NIV)
Dear Lord, we always ask You to hear us when we
pray and ask You to listen to us. Please forgive us Lord for not listening to
You and giving You our time and attention to hear Your still, small voice
speaking to us. Give us ears to hear and open hearts so that the truth of Your
words sink in and we know with clarity that it is You we are hearing. 

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