Go grab a box of tissues before you buffer this one.
Usually a video goes viral because its content is outrageous or humorous, either intentionally or unintentionally, and typically at someone’s unfortunate expense. But every so often, a video makes its way through the group-share ringer because it’s incredibly moving or shockingly beautiful.
The woman in this video is hearing for the first time in her life thanks to an auditory implant. Her husband recorded her reaction to the moment, and her response to the implant being activated is breathtaking. The woman begins weeping – not at the first-heard sound of music, birds chirping, or the words of a loved one – she begins weeping at the sound of her own voice. Weeping and laughing, and then weeping more at the sound of her own laughter. It’s extremely difficult to watch this moment without joining in.
In our examinations of meme and modern culture, it’s easy for me to find the evidences of brokenness (an obsession with pointing these things out is itself an evidence of the break). But sometimes there are moments where we see past the jagged pieces to vestiges of a divine image and types of redemption – the places where we groan along with creation for the revealing of the sons of God.
We know what it’s like to not have something “essential”, whether real or perceived; sitting in a room full of people feeling like everyone else has something we don’t have. This feeling of being incomplete is common, and we can extrapolate that feeling of ache to those we imagine must be even more desperate.
But when the desperate are actually given that thing they’re missing? That’s redemption. That’s worth getting worked up over. Many times our days drone on in an acceptance of what we assume (and are told) will never change. This video is moving because we rejoice when the deaf hear their own voice — that kind of thing that doesn’t happen much. And such an unprecedented a case of redemption resonates with the groaning in us, and with the hope that we someday will be made complete.
All that said, I hope this video makes your day a little brighter. “The night is almost gone, and the day is near.”