For those of you who don’t know me personally, I have a pretty bad hearing impairment. For those of you who do know me personally, there’s a chance you’ve forgotten about it. I’m going to be my own “hype-man” for a second here, but I cope pretty darn well. Although I maybe shouldn’t admit this, I cope well enough that I sometimes have full conversations and walk away still having no clue what was just talked about! I believe it’s God’s grace, but we’ll get to that in a second.
The struggle is real everyday. Whether it be the lonely isolation of being in a group and not being able to keep up with the fast changing, multi-directional conversation, or being treated rudely by someone who doesn’t know I simply just can’t hear them. Perhaps it’s just the sheer exhaustion of having to be as focused as possible every minute of the day to stay in the loop of things. The list could go on, but whatever it is, it all drains me and it sucks.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how my hearing loss has impacted and shaped my life — for the better! These thoughts have reminded me just how crafted we are by our limitations, but how, with the right perspective, those same limitations just may be great blessings that allow God’s unique plan for you to succeed!
There are the countless priceless lesson’s I’ve learned through my challenge that have allowed me to become who I am today. Lesson’s that have shaped me and prepared me for the steps I’m walking in now for my joy and His plan. Lesson’s that have allowed me to be there for those around me in ways that I would never understand or know how to otherwise.
Then there is my calling. I know it now, but when I was younger I would have easily gone down a different path if I wasn’t limited by my hearing. There are desires I have that I would have pursued, but couldn’t due to the busted ears. I would have sold myself short on what I wanted instead of the fullness of living in what God wants and has for me! I believe God knew this when He was forming me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139) and shaped me in a way that would ensure I stayed on His path and not my own.
We all have that something. If you don’t, then I am extremely glad, but realistically there is an area in all of our lives that comes with great challenge and a big impact. You know what it is, you know the pains that come with it, and you know difficulties that it presents to you. I definitely understand how it is, in my own unique way!
With all this being said, remember the blessing of our limitations. Let your weaknesses be your strength. And never forget you are perfectly imperfect!