Author’s Note: A huge thank you to my Word Weaver Naperville friends who give me honest assessments, making me a better writer. The product of their expertise is below. (Disclaimer: I did keep the “Heavenly Dentist” line, not to offend, but perhaps encourage readers to see that cleanings might be painful, but helpful in the light of longevity.)
Also a thank you to Janet Morris Grimes, who has continued to encourage me throughout her tenure as Editor as The Christian Pulse. She played a huge role in jump-starting this journey I’m traveling. While The Christian Pulse still exists, this particular post (from January 8, 2013) no longer lives on their site.
Rubbing my hands, I cried in my idling car. Clinging to the dentist chair hurt my hands, and, coupled with the extra two hours for a cavity filling, I was ready for a good cry. The dentist had to re-do the same tooth three times because the filling kept popping off. Closing my eyes, I tried to dream of a far away place, and not think of the metallic taste and the “pinch” of more Novocain. Eventually, the dentist skipped the Novocain for lack of time, and the “pinch” became a sharp pain I felt in my gut.
No one likes to cry after visiting the dentist. I’ve had my share of poor experiences. The oral surgeon waited to remove my wisdom teeth because I couldn’t stop crying when they gave me the “knock-out” gas. I have what’s been deemed “slick teeth,” and it makes filling cavities fun. As fun as sitting for hours in an uncomfortable chair next to a jack-hammer in a construction zone. That’s the way it is. I have a problematic mouth.
My friend, Tina Crown, also has a problematic mouth. For years, she had one cavity. One little, teeny, tiny cavity. Not a big deal; no real problems. Tina and her husband, Todd, went to a new dentist. Neither felt surprised by the two root canals Todd needed. He often has work to be done. She went in next, expecting to hear glowing reports of her dental hygiene for the tenth year in a row. Instead, the dentist said, “Mrs. Crown, you also need a root canal.” The new dentist found a cavity under the old filling. The original cavity wasn’t completely removed and had festered for years, while she assumed her mouth was clean. Add one more crown to the Crowns’ dental budget.
What in life is problematic? What has been covered, and needs a deep cleaning? Let the Heavenly Dentist take a look around, even in those places that might hurt.
PRAYER: God, I think things are hunky-dory with my fillings, but I’m ready for a checkup. Does a hole exist underneath? Do I need to refine my daily cleaning routine? Will you take a look around? I’m ready for a root canal, even if it hurts. Thank You for wanting to help me be healthy and holy.
“My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes” (Jeremiah 16:17 NIV).
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Peeling back the layers and exposing what’s lingering… Yes indeed sometimes painful but so healthy.
Agreed. I’m also shuddering thinking about peeling back a metal filling. It is keeping me away from leftover Christmas caramels. Much healthier!
This makes me cringe…probably because I know the work’s needed but want to duck it because of the pain. Good reminder, Mollie=)
I’ve heard someone else who felt, hm, do I say convicted, when they read this. But I heard in the end it was an okay adventure. I hope yours goes well too!