These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you[a]will have tribulation; but be of good cheer,I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NKJV)
Reclined in the dental chair during a routine cleaning, I had already been informed all was well with my teeth and the hygienist began to clean the hidden places of my mouth thoroughly. Out of no where, he stops suddenly, “Oh no!” He says, “I can’t handle this!” And proceeds to put the suction in my mouth then then removes his gloves.
The thoughts running in my mind weren’t good. I was not in pain. I had nothing to indicate anything being wrong except for his expression but naturally I thought something was wrong.
Why is the first reaction always what’s wrong? Even my daughters say it, “what’s wrong?” Or I expect the bad news before the good when I ask how someone is doing. The fact is in general, we are more interested in what’s wrong than what’s right.
The hygienist wasn’t identifying something wrong with my pearly whites, rather a song on the radio he wasn’t willing to listen to. But isn’t it like God to use that experience to stretch me a little more.
I need to be more mindful of what’s right.
Aside from that, what else can I learn from this? The power of my expression AND the power of others expression on me.
The hygienist felt terrible after he realized my side of that experience. Then we both found humor in our situations and likely even at the next visit will do the same.
Check your facts before reacting. Consider both sides. Respond rather than react not just in actions but also in our thoughts. Then maybe this season will be able to be pearly white with peace.
Prayer: Lord, much like dental issues start in hidden places, my Peace starts in the hidden places of my life and my thoughts. Father thank You. You knew my life would be less than pearly white without Your Son. I will try as much as I can Lord, to focus on what is right.