God, WHO at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past…
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways…
These are the first set of words in the opening sentence of the Book of Hebrews from two different translations (KJV and NIV respectively).
When I read the words of the very first sentence I started to laugh. Laugh, you think? Yes, laugh. Actually, busting out laughing and then in tears. Yes, tears again.
I thought about my hearing and how seven years ago losing a great deal of my hearing was devastating. The job that I thought I would work at until retirement came to an end as a result of the hearing loss. During that time I had no idea what I might do next with my life and then the LORD spoke to me and said write. Now, here we are seven years later and I now have even more hearing loss. In fact, all the 'aidable' hearing in the right ear is gone. Through it all I am not really understanding why this is happening to me. I prayed for hearing and received no healing. Go figure.
I thought about how I had determined that healing would come. Miraculously. And I determined how that would look. I believed in how that would be.
So today as I sit here and write this I want you to know that I am healed. I have a cochlear implant in the right ear. By a doctor. Who loves Jesus. As you enter his practice the first thing you see in gold letters is, “He that hath an ear, let him hear… Revelation 2:7.” Imagine that!
For about six years I have been welcomed by this Word for every scheduled appointment and still prayed for my miraculous healing to come as I believed it would. And that did not include surgery.
In the past the doctor and I talked cochlear implants. I was adamantly opposed and had said the only way I would do it was if I had lost all of my hearing in one ear or both. The doctor exhibited amazing patience throughout the years because he continued to make me feel important and never pushed me into a decision. He never went against my will. Pretty funny, huh?
The day that I decided I would finally submit, because now I had no hearing in my right ear, I noticed my doctor had a new picture hanging on his wall. It was a picture of Jesus laughing. And I imagine HE is.
So just as the writer of the Book of Hebrews opens letting us know God spoke whenever and however HE chose, I am learning there is no putting God in a box. That is what made me laugh and then cry. Tears of joy. See, I never dreamed that God might have a different plan for me. A different way of healing me as part of my hearing journey. A cochlear implant. Through a doctor who exhibited the patience of a saint. Orchestrated by an unpredictable awesome God.
Be Strengthened and Encouraged in HIM,
For MY thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways MY ways, says the LORD. For as the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are MY ways higher than your ways and MY thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 AMP
O LORD my God, I cried to YOU and YOU have healed me. Psalm 30:2 AMP