Wisdom Teeth & the Cross

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In a recent blog post I wrote about how on vacation I could rest from my busy schedule. Well I assume I didn’t rest enough. The last day of vacation I started feeling a pain in my mouth. I didn’t really think anything of it until Thursday when it had gotten worse and had not gone away yet. I thought it was wisdom teeth related, so I started researching every dentist in Lynchburg area.

To make matters worse my dad had recently switched companies so I wasn’t completely insured yet either. I had to find a dentist that was reasonable for an uninsured person, could see me almost immediately, and was accepting new patients. The was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I called a few places and a lot of the dentist offices wouldn’t even answer the phone. I finally got on the phone with a dentist office, and they had an extreme attitude about me not having insurance.

On Friday I was finally able to see a dentist. As soon as dentist offices opened I was on the phone trying to find one to go to. Luckily, the third call was the charm! I called Lynchburg Dental Center, and they could see me the following hour and their price for a visit and x-ray was reasonable. I go to the dentist, and she said it was wisdom teeth related. They scheduled an appointment to examine my wisdom teeth, and she prescribed an antibiotic.

During the night after Saturday. I woke up in extreme pain again. I found myself crying for 15 minutes straight, and I was getting to a point where I was literally crying out to God asking him to take away the pain. In a way, I sort of think this was how Jesus felt when he was on the cross. He cries his well-known line of “Why have you forsaken me?” Now I know that this analogy isn’t the best, but it makes sense to me. Have you ever had a time where you questioned why God has given you this trial? Well this was one of those moments for me.

Sunday morning rolls around and I am exhausted. Obviously, I didn’t have a lot of sleep that night. I almost decided to not attend church, which for me is unheard of! I’m one that is at church every time the doors are open. Sunday is usually my favorite day of the week, and you know I am not doing well if I contemplate not going to church. Well I decided to fight through the pain, and go to church. I am so glad I decided to do so!

At my church, I serve with the middle school students, and at the beginning of the morning we have a time when all the middle school volunteers collect and discuss what the morning will consist of. We also do a time of prayer requests. I decided to say something about my mouth, and the next thing I know the whole group is praying for me. This was a cool moment for me, because I never really speak up during this time. I am also not really one to ask for prayers for myself like this.

I serve as a small group leader in the middle school program. That morning we had one of the volunteers tell her story, and it was cool to see the discussion in my small group that came from her story. I would like to say that it’s because they have a wonderful leader, but it’s really because we have a wonderful God. God just let me be a part of this morning with these girls. I want to relate this back to the analogy I used earlier. Jesus had to go through the pain on the cross before we could see all the people come to Christ. It’s the same with us. These hard times that we are going through will be used by God later. We might not like hurting, but God will use our hurting to bring others to Christ.

 

Scripture References:

  • “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” ~ Matthew 27:46 ESV
  • “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 ESV
  • “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” ~James 1:12 ESV
  • “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” ~Romans 12:12 ESV

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