Isaiah 29:8 reads, “In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.” This verse has given me such grief for many years. Every time I heard it, it felt like a thorn in my side.
My youngest son, Aric, is deaf. Finding out Aric was deaf was no big deal. Being a believer, I knew that God does not give us anything we can’t handle. So why was this verse about the deaf being able hear bothering me so much? Well in my little brain I wasn’t hearing the bigger picture. All I was hearing was the deaf could hear. Uh, hello! There is no cure.
Even if a child is implanted with a device, such as the cochlea or the baja system, he is still deaf once the device is off for the night. So how was my child going to hear? Was some miracle going to happen? I was challenging God….Ok, let’s see, some kind of miracle here, Lord.
Well, Guess what? I received my miracle but not as you may think. “The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD?” (Exodus 4:11 NIV).
You see, Aric had been in love with music from birth. People think just because a person is deaf they cannot hear the music, but they hear through feeling the vibrations. As a mom, this was so exciting! God has placed lots of wonderful influential people in Aric’s life, especially two wonderful men from our church.
God had to strategically place these men in my son’s life because I had no clue what He was doing. All I knew was that Aric began emulating these two men. He would sing his heart out while playing his guitar, singing songs that he made up about God and all the wonderful things Jesus has done for him. When he wasn’t singing, he was preaching to the audience (his stuffed animals or the cartoons on T.V.)
Through the spirit of the music that he hears every Sunday at church, Aric hears God’s Word. God has enabled Aric to hear! How nice would it be if we too were able to feel God’s presence in such abundance before we were ever able to hear His Word? Hallelujah!
I knew when I gave my children to the Lord upon their birth that He would do great and glorious things in their lives, but why I never thought He would use them to teach me about God’s glory…I don’t know. God is most definitely with us even when we don’t see, feel or hear Him.
“In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.”
– Isaiah 29:8 (NIV)
“Thank You, God, for allowing me to be the mother of two wonderful boys whom — by Your grace — continue teach me and others of Your love for us all. Although things may not be to our own understanding at the moment in due time You show us the big picture and in that moment all the tears of frustration turn into tears of joy. Thank You for Your continuing patience, Lord….”