«With this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was unplugged, and he began to speak normally» (Mark 7:35, NIV).
The auditory or vestibulocochlear nerve is the eighth pair of the twelve cranial nerves. In addition to being responsible for auditory function, it controls balance.
Our body works in a wonderful way, and 24 hours a day today we would not be enough to learn everything about this nerve.
Surely you remember some dizziness you had, how much it cost to learn to ride a bike, the fear of heights or the feeling after a roller coaster. In all these situations, the vestibulocochlear system was involved.
The most interesting thing is that those strong and annoying sensations had to do with just a few cubic centimeters of liquid from the semicircular canals that moved the small hairs that line the cochlea.
Many times, in our spiritual life, we show an internal imbalance with external manifestations; among them, that instead of listening more, we talk more.
Perhaps, as in the case of the deaf man in this story, Jesus needs to open our ears so that we can hear what he has to say to us and that, by unlocking our tongue, we can bear witness to our encounter with him.
Probably one of the first things that stuttering deaf heard was the voice of Jesus, and one of the first things he told was the story of his healing.
Perhaps we walk upright without problems, without vertigo and without earaches, but we need to receive the fruit of the Spirit of self-control, temperance and balance in all spheres of our lives.
“The man or woman who maintains balance of mind when tempted to yield to passion occupies a higher place in the sight of God and the heavenly angels than the most renowned general who has ever led an army to battle and victory.
A well-known emperor said on his deathbed: «Among all my victories, there is only one that gives me great comfort at this time, and that is the victory I have achieved over my own troubled temperament.
» Awaying and Caesar found it easier to subjugate the world than to submit to themselves.
After defeating one nation after another, they fell, one of them ‘a victim of intemperance, the other of mad ambition” (Conduction of the child, p. 89).
God today wants to help us and do this miracle in our life as well.