My Thoughts

Lessons From a Deaf/Blind Workshop

Ever try to make a sandwich when you CAN’T SEE? I did today. Attended a 7-hour Deaf_Blind Workshopworkshop on working with Deaf/Blind individuals. Lunch was provided…only we had to pass the makings for, and put together, sandwiches – while wearing SLEEP MASKS and not talking! Imagine trying to squeeze mayo or mustard on your sandwich without looking! (I decided I didn’t want any – especially since I couldn’t see which was which anyway.)

Later, we took turns LEADING each other around the building and parking lot – the ones being led wearing sleep masks. We weren’t allowed to talk, only sign into each other’s hands to alert that we were approaching a door, or an uneven place in the ground was coming up. It’s rather disconcerting when you can’t see where you are going. You find yourself walking really slow and trying to sense things around you. Two things are key – 1) make sure you have a GOOD GUIDE, and 2) learn to TRUST. You have to really trust your guide alert you to problem spots and not to run you into a wall or door. And for those who can’t hear either, perhaps even more so!

I think it gave me a NEW PERSPECTIVE on GOD’S LEADING in my life. Sometimes I don’t understand the things He is doing in my life and the places He is leading me. I remember years ago, when I graduated college and started off in one direction (which wasn’t a bad one), I didn’t understand at the time why I kept running into “walls”. Once I decided to let Him lead, He began taking me down a completely different path. The incredible destination? Helping Silent Word Ministries reach Deaf people with the Gospel and help them grow in the Lord. So the next time you can’t see where life is taking you, make sure God is leading and never let go of His hand. If you try to do things your way, you may run into a closed door or worse, trip and fall. His eyes are wide open, and, like the perfect Gentleman, He’ll open the right doors for you. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and HE SHALL DIRECT THY PATHS.” Proverbs 3:5