August 4, 2023 - A Visit to the Dentist

This week I spent three hours in the chair at my dentist’s office.

I had a tooth that had broken and was getting it repaired with a new crown. I have several of them now, I have requested that people refer to me as “Your Majesty,” because of my crowns and a bridge, so far I have had no takers, just a few eye rolls or sarcastic laughs.

While I was in the chair waiting through the various stages of numbing, drilling, prepping, etc., I opened the Bible app on my phone and thought I’d read a little from my daily reading plan…well this is what came up first when I opened the plan:

“Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die.”
(Isaiah‬ 57‬:1‬-2‬ NLT)

Not exactly what I was looking to start my reading with. It did, however, cause me to reflect on the “Why?” of Shari’s death and so many others. Also, from Isaiah, we see that God’s ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts. God sees the whole picture; I only see a tiny sliver of it on a good day. One thing I know for sure is our loved ones who died, knowing Jesus may be absent from the body and this world, but they are present with the Lord, forever protected from the “evil to come.”

Our loving and gracious Heavenly Father always has our best interests at heart; even when we hurt, He is working out His plans and purposes for our lives.

There are many tools out there to help people walk through grief and find the right tool for you, especially if you find that you are “stuck in your grief.” Find someone who can help you get unstuck, just as you would call a tow truck if you got your car stuck, and they would pull you out. God is at work in your life, bringing about good from the pain and heartache of your struggle. What the enemy meant to harm you and bring you down, the Lord is using to build you up.

Keep moving forward, my friend; God is turning your mourning into joy!

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