I paid a visit to my dentist yesterday to have a couple of molars extracted which had developed root cavities. A couple of other teeth have root cavities as well but those cavities can be filled. Three teeth, however, can't be saved. They need to be removed. Two of the teeth were next to each other. One of them was a wisdom tooth so they are way back in my mouth. Tooth number 3, also a molar in another part of my mouth, will come out in a couple of weeks. Since two of the teeth were right next to each other, my dentist did sort of a two-for-one sort of thing or perhaps it was more like a buy-one-get-one-half-price sort of thing. At any rate, having the "neighbors" taken out together did make things a bit cheaper and I suspect a bit easier.
Before the procedure, I joked with my dentist and told her that she was merely trying to make more room inside my mouth. She laughed and agreed. Every dentist I have ever had complains that I have a small mouth and marveled that I have four fully-emerged (and straight) wisdom teeth. As of yesterday afternoon, I now have three. Oh well, the last one came in about 35 years ago so they have had a good run.
It is funny how I remember them coming in. When I was 14 years old, I remember I started chewing on one side of my jaw and lo and behold, something sharp and hard eventually emerged in a dark corner of my mouth. I didn't even know I move my jaw like that! This happened when I was 15, 16 and 17 and by the time it was over I had 32 teeth. My husband didn't fare quite so well. His first wisdom toothstarted to emerge in his early twenties but was having trouble. He went to the dentist and learned they were all actually in trouble and needed to be pulled out immediately. I used to kid him that I was the "wise" person in the family.
I do not know of anyone who enjoys having teeth pulled. Granted that numb the area but still, you must lie there with your mouth open and feel a tug and listen to an ominous crack while the dentist tells you not to worry about what you hear. Prior to that, a list of all sorts of terrible complications is read to you and you must sign a release form that gives them the right to break into your mouth and forcibly detach and remove things from the property. Things that you were using actually. Then they either charge you to replace those items or as in my case, they tell you that since no one except you will notice that they are missing and you have plenty of similar items, you will do just fine without them. Sigh...
You know, I could have refused to give my consent. I could have clung to those bad teeth declaring that they were mine. They had always been there for decades and I never really noticed them so why should I start now. I could have acknowledged they needed to be removed but resisted the removal because I did not want to experience pain and bleeding. I could have done that but I didn't. Why? Because I knew that if I kept them things would only get worse and the trouble could even spread, not just to my teeth but I could get an infection that could affect my entire body and in an extreme case, even take my life. If I wanted to stay healthy, I needed to place myself in the hands of an expert, my dentist.
CRRRACK! There went the first one. CRRRACK! There went the second one. I didn't feel a thing, at least not yet. I was only aware that there was some blood in my mouth. Things had gone of without a hitch. I had been quoted a higher price, just in case but fortunately there was no need for the just in case. My teeth came out easily in the hands of an expert.
Unfortunately though, the numbness eventually wears off and last night, even ice and pain-killers couldn't completely dull my pain. I had been through a similar experience several years ago when a lower tooth had to be removed. Remembering that experience I knew that in less than 24 hours, the pain would be fading and soon, though I would have some gaps in my mouth, things would pretty much go back to normal and I would rarely notice them. I was right. The pain which was still present this morning, is quickly fading away.
There are things in our lives that God needs to remove. We have grown very fond of these things and perhaps even believe them to be useful. Perhaps we cling to them and insist they are not causing us any trouble but God knows better than that. He does not remove things just for the "fun" of it. He removes them because they are harmful to our spiritual health and we need to not only listen to God, we need to submit to Him.
When God does surgery on us, it hurts. It might hurt immediately or it might not hurt until a bit later but it will hurt. No one likes surgery but if we do not do what is necessary we are in danger of having things become worse and even spread. There is danger of spiritual infection and what may have been a simple, fairly painless procedure can become much more complicated and difficult.
Though it was not pleasant, my procedure was necessary. Though I have suffered some loss, in the long run I will actually be healthier and the trouble those teeth have been giving me will have ended. Though we might endure pain and suffering for a moment, when God does surgery on us, we discover that it improves our spiritual health and though it might have seemed like it lasted forever... it was only for a moment.
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[quote]When God does surgery on us, it hurts. It might hurt immediately or it might not hurt until a bit later but it will hurt. No one likes surgery but if we do not do what is necessary we are in danger of having things become worse and even spread. There is danger of spiritual infection and what may have been a simple, fairly painless procedure can become much more complicated and difficult.[/quote]
Excellent analogy with your story, K !
[quote]Every dentist I have ever had complains that I have a small mouth [/quote] I just had to chuckle at this, because I can honestly say no one has EVER spoken those words to me! (make that a BIG Smile :wink: ).
Great analogy ~ you are so good at these analogies!
I hope you are feeling MUCH better by now!