The Deaf Will Hear :: By Candy Austin

Mark 7:37 “The people were utterly astonished and said, ‘He has done all things well! He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak!'”

Deafness has been a huge part of my life. My first language was Sign Language even before I learned how to verbally speak. My Loved Ones were very special to me, even if I was just mainly a ‘type of property’ to them. To say I did a lot for them would be an understatement.

Literally, I was their ‘voice and ears’ for them while growing up, as much as they had me to do and as much as I was able to as a child, teenager, and young adult. I could write a novel on all the ‘harrowing interpreting experiences and phone calls’ I had to do, but I digress. Overall, I just wanted them to be proud of me, to be happy with what I did in life, and to just ‘love me.’ (This is something I still wish for to this day.)

They were raised in an Institution, a School for the Deaf, if you will. Back then, parents sent their disabled kids (Deaf, Blind, & Lame) away to be raised by Institutional ‘House Parents’ instead. From the stories that I heard, there was a lot of crying going on at both ends (Parent & Child), a lot of separation anxiety, and emotional family upheaval. Imagination tells me that it was pretty hard to live such a ‘fragmented life’ as this. Not that all Deaf people who were raised in an Institution turn out to be dysfunctional, but I believe this was ‘one of many reasons’ why mine did.

Even though my Loved Ones were Deaf, it curiously seemed to me sometimes that they liked ‘Music’ by their ‘silly pretend dancing and hand clapping’ throughout my childhood at times. One of them even told me at one point that if they were able to hear, they think that they would have liked listening to ‘Country Music.’ I often wondered what kind of music they would have really liked to listen to and what kind of impact that would have made in multiple ways.

The other day, I was listening to some ‘spiritually uplifting’ Christian songs playing on the radio in my car. I then wondered if my Loved Ones were able to hear this kind of ‘Godly Music and Preaching’ every day, if that would have made a difference in their minds, hearts, and lives? If it would have made them more loving and kind? (Tears flowing as I write this.)

Isaiah 35:5 “Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.”

Like everything in life, there is a type of ‘frequency,’ if you will, a kind of ‘tuning in’ or channel that we each adhere or subscribe to. Either we gravitate towards the ‘things of God’ or we do not. Whether we pick up on ‘positive frequency or negative’ is up to us, and it does not matter if one is Hearing Impaired or Hearing, either.

We all have choices to make every day, and we can choose the things of God, the Bible, and Music that glorifies Him even if we can hear or not. So, reasoning tells me that if my Loved Ones could hear, they would still be ‘who they are now’ because of the things they choose to ‘gravitate and tune in to.’

Mark 7:32-37 “Some people brought to Him a man who was deaf and hardly able to speak, and they begged Jesus to place His hand on him. So Jesus took him aside privately, away from the crowd, and put His fingers into the man’s ears. Then He spit and touched the man’s tongue. And looking up to heaven, He sighed deeply and said to him, ‘Ephphatha!’ (which means, ‘Be opened!’). Immediately the man’s ears were opened and his tongue was released, and he began to speak plainly. Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more He ordered them, the more widely they proclaimed it. The people were utterly astonished and said, ‘He has done all things well! He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak!'”

Good news is that in Heaven no one will be Deaf, Blind, or Lame; everyone will be whole, just as Jesus is! The Bible tells us that we will see Him as He is because we will be like Him! People who are Born Again and who were Deaf in this life have this to look forward to, for they will be able to hear in Heaven! (Praying continually that my Loved Ones will be ‘Truly Born Again’ before it is too late!)

1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is.”

Until next time… Maranatha!