I moved to Australia from Hong Kong with my family when I was a teenager. Around the same time, I lost my hearing. Learning English was extremely difficult, and I avoided interacting with my classmates and strangers. I lived with anxiety and low self-esteem due to my disability and the uncertainty of my life. I built walls around myself, locking myself in prison. I lived every day without purpose, and I see my disability as a curse.
I did not encounter God until I was invited to a church camp by a friend a few years ago. That was the first time I crossed path with Jesus Christ, and my life took a positive turn. I felt like I belong and peaceful, surrounded by the brightest and happiest Christian I have ever seen. They prayed for us in the camp for God to show us our purpose and to lead us. God touched my heart, and I started questioning myself, “Am I just going to be a deaf prisoner for the rest of my life? Is there a purpose of why I am like this? Can I make a change?” I found my answers in the Bible!
Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Yes! I can make a change in my life through Christ who strengthens me. I started going to church every Sunday and bond with my life group. God has been shaping and changing me bit by bit, like a father teaching his son with love and patience.
Isaiah 40:31, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Through Christ, I have realised that my life is a gift from our heavenly Father and that our existence is not an accident. I began to appreciate and embrace everything God has given me, including my hearing loss. He told me that it is not a curse but a blessing. It is a blessing to experience the best of both worlds, both the hearing and the silence. When putting on my hearing devices, I enjoy connecting with people, listening to music and the sound of nature. When I need silence and a time to be with God, I take my hearing devices off. The silent world is a place for me and God only.
Matthew 5:13-16, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
I stepped out of my comfort zone because of Christ. I know God wants me to overcome my obstacles so that I can pass this blessing on to the others in need. For this reason, I have been joining a few volunteering programs that aim to help the deaf youngsters to overcome their obstacles in their early life.
I believe everything happens for a reason in life, and that whatever we have is a gift from God. Appreciate who you are, and know that God is always with you. We need to overcome our obstacles to become a blessing to the others, let’s be the salt and light to the world and make the others shine.
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