I hope that by now you’ve seen this video of a contestant on America’s Got Talent named Mandy Harvey. This incredibly talented singer is shocking the world with her ability to sing after losing her ability to hear at the age of 18. Her light, pure tone of voice would be impressive with or without her ability to hear. But I think what’s even more impressive is the content of her original song she sang for her audition; her song was entitled “Try,” which surely took a great amount of courage to “try” to perform based on muscle memory and sensing vibrations.
In addition to a love of music, Mandy Harvey and I have something in common.
We have the same type of medical condition.
I’m learning that connective tissue often goes unnoticed for the role it plays in the human body. The interesting thing about connective tissue disorders is that they can progress rapidly and (seemingly) out of nowhere. Mandy Harvey lost her hearing when the nerves in her ears stopped functioning. My various symptoms of my connective tissue disorder have often appeared overnight and led to immediate decrease in functioning level. Thank the Lord that I have not lost my ability to hear! But I can relate to the dread of giving up music due to a connective tissue disorder. *See previous post I Used to Be… *
It’s a scary thing to know that, with my condition, I can wake up one day and have impaired functioning of another body part. Hearing Mandy Harvey’s story reminded me that my earthly body isn’t made to last forever, but the glory of the Lord is.
“The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.”
Because the glory of our God endures forever, He is worthy of everything I can give Him both now and forever. Therefore, my body is not my own.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I’m writing this post at the university of which I am a transient student for this summer. No offense to this university, but it isn’t home. I’m less comfortable here because it’s not home. My time here is increasing my desire to be back “home” where I belong.
Likewise, my fragile, unreliable earthly body is meant to create a craving to be with my Heavenly Father.
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”
Mandy Harvey’s story is also a great reminder that, although the Lord gives and takes away, He is still worthy of our praise (Job 1:21). My prayer is that, in this transient state of possessing a flawed earthly body, I may still sing the praises of the greatness of my God.
Emily (@ejenkins220) is an author and editor at thegracescripts.com. She is passionate about ministry + sharing in her brokenness. Emily currently attends Samford University. She lives in Alabama.