Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Lessons from the Dental Chair

I'm like a kid when it comes to winter weather. They are predicting a sleet / snow event for our area beginning tonight and through tomorrow. I hope I'm not disappointed. I think I enjoy it so much because it forces us to step out of our routines. People seem less frantic. And of course, the scenery is often breath-taking. So, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow (but we could do without the freezing rain and sleet).

Yesterday morning, I spent a couple of hours in a dentist's chair. I don't know what it is about my teeth, but I always seem to have to spend about twice as much time as the dentist has allotted. I had a crack in one of my molars, so he was preparing it for a crown. Right now, I have a temporary one. Boy, I could try to make a spiritual application there, couldn't I? Being prepared for a crown.

But here is the application I was thinking of yesterday in that chair. I am grateful to live in a day when broken-down, diseased body parts can be repaired or replaced. I sat there wondering what someone who lived several hundred years ago would have done in my situation. No doubt, that tooth would have absessed and become a serious health problem at some point.

Then I got to thinking about my heart (spiritually). I have been praying for about a year -- more fervently than ever -- that God would examine all those hidden places in my heart. I have prayed that He, like a surgeon, would just cut out all the junk and disease. Anything that does not resemble Him I want cut out! I want to be a Jesus-clone. I want to be possessed by the Holy Spirit. Oh, how I want that! And I have so far to go. But the joy is in the journey. And that I am discovering more and more each day.


Jeff said...

I bet you cracked your tooth trying to eat tacos or chips somewhere other than Joe T's which has the best and most tooth-friendly Mexican food anywhere on the planet. Let that be a lesson to you.

Randy said...

Perhaps the process of cutting away the parts that are not from God would be easier if He, like the dentist, used anesthesia.

Beverly Ross said...

So sorry about your trouble at the dentist. I don't like it when you are uncomfortable! I'm glad we have been blessed with a couple of dentists/friends.
I am delighted to get to see Jesus forming/transforming more and more in your heart! It's a blessing to have a front row view!