Devotion: “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.” Ezekiel 12:2
There are several institutions nestled in the PIedmont region of Morganton, NC. One is the School for the Deaf. These children have very low perceptions of sound; so they learn to use sign language or they lip read. Either way; the hearing impaired must be facing the one speaking or signing to them. Their listening skills are dependant upon their eyesight versus their hearing ability.
Many who have the ability to hear; take their hearing ears for granted. We have no idea what it’s like to live in a silent world.
Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. Wikipedia
Three of her quotes are as follows:
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
All three of those amazing quotes come from the heart of one who was totally deaf and blind. Helen was born hearing and seeing but contracted a disease that affected her brain and stomach. At 19 months of age she became blind and deaf. As she grew; she learned to see and hear with her heart. She came to know the One Jesus who was her eyes and her ears.
How many times have we said to a hearing person; “Are you deaf?” Alternately, how many times have we said to someone searching for an item; “Are you blind?” That individual may have chosen to close their ears and focus on something else.
Helen wrote the following regarding blind and deaf people.
“The only really blind are those who will not see the truth — those who shut their eyes to the spiritual vision. For them alone darkness is irrevocable. Those who explore the dark with love as a torch and trust as a guide find it good. Blind people who have eyes know that they live in a spiritual world inconceivably more wonderful than the material world that is veiled from them.”
Prayer in Motion:
Oh God, open my eyes that I might see You. Open my ears that I might hear You and obey all You say do. May I never be blinded by my own rebellion against You. Forgive me for all the times I have turned a deaf ear to Your godly counsel and closed my eyes to what I’ve seen in Your Word. Thank You for forgiveness and a new day with new mercies, all from a God who sees and hears every thought I think.