Dear Friends and New Subscribers, this is David Telbat. Thanks for joining us for my Author Reflection, “Deaf but Devoted.” One of my closest brothers in the faith is deaf, but his deafness hasn’t gotten in the way of his devotion to God—he’s deaf but devoted. His devotion is matchless, and he’s one of the most dependable men in our small congregation. In considering his disability, I wondered how God had used his hearing impairment to make him such a strong believer today. Here’s what I discovered from my conversations with Josh.
God Uses Base Things
Josh was born deaf, but not dumb. However, in the “special” classes, Josh was swept through grade school, then junior high, then high school, without ever being taught how to read. The teachers kept passing him on. No one cared. Most of his life, people treated him like he was mentally ill, though in reality, he’s very normal, just with a speech impediment because of his hearing loss.
Josh taught himself to read after high school, and became a skilled mechanic. In his free time, he devoured Tom Clancy novels, and when he became a Christian in his forties, he consumed the Bible, memorizing large portions of it.
We can always count on Josh to challenge us with Bible trivia questions like, “Joshua is the sixth book in the Bible. It bears my name. But what was Joshua’s real name, before Moses started calling him Joshua?” Yes, this brother keeps us on our toes!
American Christians have been blessed by not having to endure much persecution for our faith. However, there’s a growing defiance toward God, and mockery is often aimed at those who serve and follow the God of the Bible. When Christians are slandered in public, some may grow ashamed or embarrassed, or are tempted to withdraw. But not Josh. He says the attacks he receives for being an outspoken Christian bounce right off him.
You see, Josh explains that he’s been undervalued and treated badly his whole life. He’s been called terrible names, ignored, and beat up. Those were hard, frustrating years growing up! But they didn’t break him. Now, as a bold Christian, Josh stands against critics with an unfazed gentleness, and he doesn’t even flinch at their curses and slander. God prepared him for that, and Josh is a continual example of Christ-like character amongst us today.
Josh isn’t hindered by his hearing impairment. He enjoys good fellowship and a hearty laugh with the rest of us. He thinks it’s especially comical that as a deacon in our church, he runs the sound system! He knows all the volume levels and switches by heart, and none of us would think of relying on anyone other than our courageous brother, Josh, to set up for weekly services.
I think God enjoys the irony of the “weak” defying all expectations! 🙂 What do you think?
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COMING UP: Join us next time for David’s short story, “Real Danger,” a fictional story of covertly delivering Bibles in China. In the following post, David has a book review on another favorite Christian book, Fear Has a Name, by Creston Mapes.