huShhhh – When We Want to Hear His Voice

As a preschool teacher many years ago, before the severity of my current hearing loss, I learned a great secret: The secret to being very effective at calming a chaotic classroom, and getting noisy kids to hear me. When 3 and 4 year old noises get out of control, that is the time to find the quietest space, crouch low with a finger to your lips, and ever so softly… whisper.

Who will come sit beside me and listen? I have a great story to tell. Can you hear my whisper? Come, sit beside me. hushhh, listen.”

One by one the noises quieted as friends saw friends sit on the rug beside me, and whisper with me. Worked. Every. Time.

So it is with hearing loss, I’ve since learned. The more noise overlapping noise, the more difficult it is to hear that one voice I want to hear, for it blends into the chaotic environment. To hear I must step into a quieter space and sit close. It is easier to hear the contrast of a whisper in a silent room, than a yell undifferentiated among the sounds of a noisy room.

And so it is with hearing God, I’m learning. He doesn’t speak in the roar of the wind or the loud rumble of the quaking earth, but with a soft gentle whisper. (1Kings 19:11-12) With his still small voice he whispers an invitation to come sit beside him. We hear him when we hush the roar and the rumble of our mind’s distractions, join our friends who are sitting beside him, and in that stillness we listen to the whisper of His Word, with great attention.

Come, sit beside Him and listen. Be still, (be hushed), and know that He is God.

 

A Gift

I am deaf. Yet, from time to time God has gifted me with the ability to “hear”; The ability to read His Word and “hear” his voice say… this is what I’m telling you, this is what that means. A gentle whisper that says “Remember Luke 22:19” when I’m reading Exodus 25:30. A spiritual understanding that only He gives. He gifts us with spiritual ears. I have found it a bit ironic that my spiritual ears have opened as my physical ears have gone deaf. And yet, isn’t that quite fitting in this upside down kingdom of God, where the Almighty came to serve, and the least shall be the greatest?

The deaf shall hear. Hear what matters. Hear Him.

Just as Christ, the captain of our salvation, was made perfect through the things which He suffered (Hebrews 2:10), so we are being transformed into his image through the trials of this life. Hearing loss has been a daily struggle for me. But there is value in the things we suffer, value in the difficult. The loss of my hearing has taught me so much about listening to the Holy Spirit, a gift I cherish.

Those beautiful, physical things that we want to cling to, sometimes they wither and die. Can we see our loss as a gift? The trials of this life can open up our understanding of the things of God.

Physical loss can be spiritual gain.

It Is Well With My Soul

“When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul”

As a teenager I began losing my hearing, gradually transitioning into a near silent world.

It is well with my soul.

Life grows best in broken soil. God is the great gardener who awakens our spiritual growth in broken circumstances. The greatest growth God has ever nurtured in me, through my hearing loss, is learning to trust Him in the midst of every circumstance; To be at peace in his presence regardless of trial or hardship; To simply rest, knowing that in his sovereignty He allows nothing without purpose; To be still and know that He is God. 

Welcome to A Still Lifestyle

Still (peaceful, tranquil, calm, restful, hushed)

Lifestyle (habits and attitudes which form a manner or way of living).

 

Live in peace,

Stacy

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