It all began with a doctor appointment….
Sometimes I feel that God brings a certain scripture to me more than once so that I will pay closer attention.
Such was the case last Monday.
Feeling ear pressure and fullness is a daily symptom.
Once again, I was seeing my doctor about this issue.
As he placed the otoscope in my ear, he commented that the eardrum looked "dull."
In fact, I think he said the other one looked a little dull, as well.
After laughing about my being a little "dull between the ears", we went on to more serious conversation about how dull, in this instance, meant non-reflective.
That night, with absolutely no thought to my ear condition, I was looking online for a topic that I was interested in that might have been referenced in the Bible.
As I used an online search, I came across a blog written by an apparently older couple.
A post of theirs caught my eye.
It seemed to be about Father’s Day.
I thought that I would read it later on.
Bookmarking it on my browser, I left the page.
Deciding to read the Bible, I randomly opened it to the Book of Isaiah.
Chapter 59 was right in front of me.
I began to read:
Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear. (verse 1)
I have dull eardrums.
My mind was startled as I realized that this word—dull—was coming to my attention again.
At some point in the evening, I decided to read the blog post I had stumbled upon about Father’s Day.
The authors chose to end the post with a prayer and with a picture.
A very familiar picture to me, one that is framed and hanging in the dining area of our home.
It was GRACE by photographer Eric Enstrom, a photo of an elderly man bowing with folded hands, praying over bread at a table.
Even though the photograph was very familiar to me, the prayer was of greatest interest.
In it, this line appeared:
"Your arm is not too weak to save, nor Your ear too deaf to hear our heart’s cry."
Three times in the same day, this scripture was brought to my attention.
The last time, it was coupled with a photograph that I display in my home, depicting someone praying.
Needless to say, I have been contemplating the meaning of the scripture since that time with particular attentiveness.
Have I not been trusting that God would hear my prayers?
Am I not believing that He is all-powerful and He can save anyone from anything?
Are my ears dull?
Am I not hearing Him?
God loves us with such great fervor!
He wants to guide us closer to Him, bringing about the conditions and events needed to get us to notice the next step in our journey.
But even three times or more, if that is what we need.