The Painful Truth of a Tooth

Amy Jones
Today, I’ll give you a break from my brain issues and talk about teeth. Yippee, I know, but bear with me.

My dentist retired recently at nearly 80 years old. He wasn’t my lifetime dentist, but I’ve been going to him for the bigger part of a decade. He was a very laidback dentist, and usually told me things like, “If it’s not bothering you, there’s not a lot of point getting excited about it.”

My new dentist is young and uses the latest in dental technology. When I first went to him, he did all these newfangled X-rays. And guess what? He found all kinds of stuff that my old dentist never caught by just looking at the surface of my teeth.

So, this week I had my very first root canal. I also had two fillings and I’m having a crown replaced. Not fun, but this dentist is saving my tooth, and as a result, I’ll hopefully keep all my teeth much longer. (Yep, I’m at the age where I have to think about these things.)

I once heard a man on a television show say, “I like my doctor. He doesn’t tell me to stop smoking. He doesn’t tell me to quit drinking. He doesn’t tell me lose weight. He’s a good doctor.”

That’s funny, but you know where I’m headed. The truth hurts, but it’s necessary.
Paul told his friends in Corinth, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.”
‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭13:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In Matthew 8, Jesus tells us not to micro-pick at the specks in anyone else’s eyes before we get the planks out of our own eyes.

We all have stuff we’ve pushed back into the closets of our hearts. Sins, wounds, offenses. But just like the nerve under a tooth, that stuff can fester and get inflamed long before any pain surfaces.

My personal advice? Pray. God already knows every dark corner of your heart. Ask him for an examination. An X-ray. You may not love what turns up on it, any more than I liked what was going on with my tooth, but there’s good news. Jesus already died for that hidden stuff. His blood can wash away the dirt, and His power can heal the trauma it left behind.
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