I am convinced that tooth pain is one of the worst pains you can deal with. Yes some things hurt worse, but an infection in your mouth can drive anyone crazy. When you eat, it hurts. When you go from one room to another the temperature variances can make it throb. Ibuprofen seems helpless in the face of jaw pain. Yes, my tooth hurts as I’m writing this. I had root canals as a teenager and am still dealing with the issues 17 years later. On Monday when I woke up with the pain, I immediately knew I was going to require surgery. An apicoectomy is the last resort in saving a diseased tooth. It’s the most drastic procedure short of pulling the tooth. I was bracing myself for worst case scenario and fretting over it.
Yet, when I arrived at the endodontist office, I was pleasantly surprised. The tooth that was bothering me was not going to require surgery or extraction. A simple retreat was all that was necessary. How many times in my life, have I blown things way out of proportion? Instead of waiting to see the outcome, I jump to conclusions and begin worrying. What is worry? It’s when we dwell on something that we cannot control. Worrying is choosing to not place our trust in God. Often our worry comes from major issues, not something silly like tooth pain. However, that does not make it justifiable.
In Luke 8, the disciples are told they are going to the other side of the lake with Jesus. A storm comes upon them and they begin to worry. They wake Jesus up when they think they are going to drown. He rebukes the wind and asks the disciples: “Where is your faith?” It’s a strange rebuke at first glance. Why would Jesus scold them for asking Him to save them? He is upset because He told the disciples they were going to the other side. No matter what happened, the disciples and Jesus would have made it to the other side of the lake. They allowed their fears and worries to overwhelm their trust in Christ.
What are you worrying about today? What are you dwelling on? Give it to God in prayer. Ask Him for forgiveness and consciously choose to trust Him with it. He loves you more than you could ever imagine, and He isn’t going to let a toothache drown you! Often, we arrive on the other side of the lake and wonder what we were so scared of.