Tiffany’s boxes were packed. Her beds were stripped. Her closets emptied.
Now we waited for the movers to arrive.
It was Friday morning. The two men finally drove up. But they didn’t say a word.
Instead, they showed us a pad of paper that said, “Good morning.”
They were both deaf.
Without Your Senses
I don’t want to lose any of my senses. The one I’d miss the most (I think) is sight, but the second is hearing.
- Without hearing, wouldn’t it be harder to do your job, whatever that job is?
- Wouldn’t you miss out on ordinary conversations among friends?
- Wouldn’t your life feel off, without bird whistles and worship music and baby gurgles?
But poorer? Not necessarily.
Because aren’t we all deaf in some ways?
There are things you hear that I don’t, and things I hear that you don’t. Either through cultural backgrounds or selective listening or innate deficiencies—or because God knows we just can’t bear it yet—we all hear some things but not others. (Example: Where do you get your news? Fox? CNN? Facebook?)
But we all survive with our hearing deficiencies.
Like the deaf movers, we learn work-arounds when we can’t hear. They used their hands for sign language with each other and gestures and facial expressions with us. We made it fine communicating without having to use words.
By sharpening our other senses, we discover that deaf doesn’t mean dead. Even with hearing impairments, we can still listen to each other through the silence.
Can’t Hear God?
And when we can’t hear God?
- We can pay closer attention to the things we see God doing.
- We can believe his presence is with us even when we’re not talking.
- We can grow more courageous as we walk by faith.
Ultimately, our joy isn’t dependent on having all our senses at top notch ability every day.
God is alive and present, in and around us, all the time, whether we hear him or not. (See “3 Spiritual Practices for Paying Closer Attention to God.”)
- He is still good.
- Our relationship is still strong.
- And hope remains present.
We discovered last Friday that the deaf movers were very capable of doing their jobs despite not being able to hear. They were joyful men, hard workers, and excellent movers.
Not only did they get the job done quickly and efficiently, their ability to do so with what we might label a deficiency inspired us even more.
Our time with them wasn’t lessened by their lack; it actually was enriched. Not because they were deaf per se, but because they showed us a spirit of resiliency and possibility in the midst of silence.
Their silence spoke loudly.
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Have you experienced a loss of your senses? How did you adapt? Please share in the comments.
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