Pulled Teeth and Other Pains – March 6, 2017

Today’s Scripture…”And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – Revelation 21:4

Thoughts for Today…I’ll never forget that day.  25 years later, I still hate going to the dentist. I had a tooth that had been chipped, and from there it just got worse. Before long it became infected and had to be pulled. The dentist was very friendly, we knew him and his family. He was a good Christian man. Upon my first visit with him he assured me he could correct the problem and get rid of my pain, but the tooth would have to be pulled.

Now, I’ll be real honest here.  I didn’t really know what I was in for.  But, I figured if it was going to relieve my pain and improve my smile…I was up to it! I arrived there that day and took my place in the dreaded chair. He had a mask on and was armed with all sorts of evil looking devices. Suddenly, my tooth wasn’t  hurting all that bad.  I could live with the pain.  And as for my smile, well I’d just have to work on that.

But, it was too late.  They had already gave me a shot of something that made my bottom lip touch my belly. Soon my mouth was opened so wide that you could have dropped a refrigerator in there with room to spare.  The most sickening taste filled my mouth and a putrid smell entered my nostrils.  The shots and gas or whatever they gave me to numb the area didn’t seem to be doing their jobs very well.  It hurt and it was uncomfortable. For over 45 minutes I sat in that chair with my mouth open, fighting back tears and the urge to swallow, praying for the rapture to come as the dentist pulled and yanked trying to free me of my pain.

I looked up from where I lay in that chair and caught the dentist’s eye.  He smiled a sympathetic smile, with a slight look of pain in his eyes as if he knew firsthand what I was going through. He  said something like, “I know it hurts, son.  But, you’re almost through it.”

I don’t know that I was ever so glad to get through an ordeal.  Thank the Lord, it was finally over!

You know, sometimes my life kind of reminds me of that day in the dentist’s chair.  There are things that come along that I just don’t like going through and they cause me a great deal of pain and discomfort.  Things like high blood pressure and heart problems.  Things like rude people, difficult tasks and rebellious Christians.  Things like seeing friends and family members suffer with illness, days when everything goes wrong, and financial struggles.  I don’t like things like flat tires, headaches, lies, gossip, and relationship problems. Know what I’m talking about?  I just don’t like difficult times, hardships and struggles. I don’t think any of us do.

Want to know how I handle them?  When the world gets to spinning too fast and problems seem out of control…I look up from where I am, and I catch the Father’s eye.  And He smiles a sympathetic smile, with a slight look of pain as if He knows exactly what I am going through. My heart hears Him say, “I know it hurts, son.  But, you’re almost through it.”

There is coming a day, my Christian friend, when the Lord will wipe away all the tears.  There will be no more pain, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There is coming a day when the problems and struggles of the present world are going to pass away. Until then, when you find yourself facing a difficult time in your life…look up and see the Father and know that He cares and will see you through it.

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”

Pastor Terry

Family Worship Center

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