I finally had my two upper wisdom teeth removed last week (after my dentist has been trying to separate them from me for at least four years). They weren’t giving me trouble, but she found a cavity on one during my recent routine cleaning and told me that I just needed to get rid of them; they could cause me more trouble later. So I sheepishly scheduled the appointment with the oral surgeon. Isn’t that like so many other things in life? We put off dealing with the inevitable, only to find out – too late – that a situation has exacerbated, festered, become infected, or just gotten downright outta control. Then we wish we’d taken care of it when we first saw evidence of the issue. And why was I holding onto a potential problem anyway??? No rational reason except for upholding the status quo…I’ve always had these teeth.
I don’t really look forward to pain (or even discomfort), so I decided not to think about what it would feel like to just do what I needed to do and get those teeth removed. I truly had the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) before, during, and after the entire procedure; I know the prayers of the saints were at work on my behalf. And because I opted for IV sedation, I don’t remember a thing…it was absolutely beautiful. But I had to go through the process for those teeth to be removed. Thankfully, my recovery was speedy – bleeding had stopped within 24 hours, and I was eating mashed potatoes within two days. Armed with my new mindset and determined to eat healthier, chicken broth became a delicacy as I waited for my tender tissues to heal.
What has to “go” from your life for you to line up with God’s plan for you? The Holy Spirit will strengthen you to let go of the things that are hindering you from growing, developing, and maturing into who God is calling you to be. Granted, you will have to yield and change, but the results will be worth whatever sacrifices you make. Just ask me as I appreciate how much my fresh gums have in common with my 7 year-old’s these days…I know I lost a few pounds last week! 🙂
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
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