Continuing the study of the senses, today I will explore the sense of hearing.
When I was very young I had a condition which damaged my hearing. I was almost deaf and didn’t know it. I had learnt to read lips and no one knew. But I became extremely shy because I didn’t always understand what people were saying. I believed I was stupid. Others thought I was rude because I didn’t always respond to them. So I retreated into a shell where I couldn’t cause any anger or earn any ridicule.
Then my mum discovered the problem and the doctors operated. When I woke after surgery I cried and I cried because every sound seemed to boom in my ears. This was my new normal. I could hear again. Because I was so young I hadn’t realised how much I’d been missing.
I thank the Lord for this hearing. I could at last understand the things that went on around me. I was no longer lost in a muffled world.
If you have the gift of hearing, then I urge you to use it.
Listen to the wind in the trees.
Listen to the birds in the neighbourhood.
Listen to the ocean waves breaking on the shore or the traffic roaring by.
Listen to God’s voice. Hear His whispers. Respond to His call.