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It’s been almost a year since I’ve experienced silence. My left ear never stops screeching. Ringing. Hissing.
The noise screams so loudly sometimes I’m completely baffled others can’t hear it.
It’s also been almost a year since I was able to hear someone whispering into my left ear. Or carry on a normal conversation in a noisy restaurant. Or understand what people are saying if I can’t see their mouths.
Due to a scuba diving accident, with resulting ear surgery, I experienced severe nerve damage in my left ear.
The doctors have explained the noise isn’t actually in my ear. All the pitches of noise I can no longer hear constantly fire signals to my brain. So without God’s healing touch, the screaming isn’t going away.
I hear it when I’m trying to fall asleep.
I hear it when I’m trying to concentrate.
I hear it when I’m in a meeting.
I hear it when I’m in conversation.
I hear it all the time.
Yes, this stinks. It really does. I won’t get all Pollyanna on you and minimize the frustration and aggravation of it all.
But I refuse to get stuck in the depressing quicksand of what I’ve lost. Tucked within the crevice of a loss usually a gift can be found.
The realization that little everyday things need to be noticed. Appreciated. Celebrated.
Silence is a common thing.
But silence is a glorious thing I never appreciated until I didn’t have it.
What other glorious, common things do I need to grab hold of today, and with a heart full of thanks say…
“Yes! This! I notice, God. I see, God. I recognize Your fingerprints of provision all over this God. And I’m so very, very thankful.”
I’m excited and thankful today to announce the Unglued Devotional blog tour!
I have come to know and love the hearts of the ladies who are joining me on the tour… and as it turns out, they have some “unglued” stories of their own.
Please click on their blogs today for a chance to get to know some of my friends and possibly win one of the fun GIVEAWAY GIFTS!
I love gifts. I love friends. I love fun.
Today is a fabulous day.
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