I know Lucette from my intercessory prayer group. She is kind-hearted and compassionate. A number of people confide in her, and they find consolation and encouragement. She isn’t so young any more and with age, her hearing is less acute. « Why is it, » she asked me one day, « that God sends me people to listen to and deafness at the same time ? » I have to agree ; there isn’t a great deal of logic in that ! I told her simply that I didn’t know.
For sure, I don’t know, but I would never have thought of phrasing the question that way. Lucette sees « God » as a Being exterior to herself who gives this to one and that to another and (I suppose) apparently gives next-to-nothing to some and only problems to others, if we follow this reasoning. How can we answer her, because such a God would really be quite whimsical. We’d need to stand on our heads to save his/her reputation, which a good number of people have been trying to do for centuries (this is called « theodicy »). I believe they’ve been wasting their time. What we need to rethink is our concept of the divine.
« I and the Father are one, » says Jesus, and if he says it, it’s so we may say the same in turn. To say it is not enough, of course. We have to become conscious of it and live it ; we have to realize it. For that, most of us have many miles of inner pilgrimage yet to go. But our intelligence can nonetheless grasp a certain understanding of what it’s about.
The divine lives within our deepest being and manifests in us and as us. Deafness is not « given » to Lucette but manifested in « this world » (illusory, ephemeral). God « disguised » as Lucette is hard of hearing. Which doesn’t prevent her goodness from manifesting at the same time and attracting those who require a benevolent ear.
The paradox is not solved and will not be. Lucette will still have to cup her ear or ask people to speak up. Perhaps she will come to realize that her presence (expressing a greater Presence) is what comforts them and not her hearing each and every word they speak.