I just got home from the dentist. Yep- it’s only Monday! My week started with the FUN-FUN-FUN of the 2nd half of a Root Canal. Oh Yeah.
Last Monday, 1st half–today 2nd half.
I know I’m kind-of weird but while I was enduring the torture (actually my Dentist was great) of this fun, I tried to “fix my mind on things above” and was pondering some encounters I had this past weekend at my church women’s conference.
I led a workshop on finding your purpose and I served on the prayer team.
I was particularly struck and deeply moved by several “last hope” kind of prayer encounters I experienced. Woman after woman sat down in front on me with vacant eyes overflowing with hopeless, last chance prayer requests.
I couldn’t help but think about my FIRST 1/2 of the root canal over the weekend; then again today as I prayed through the second half.
Here are some things I decided that last hope prayer SOMETIMES has in common with a root canal:
1) Something has been neglected way too long and has now come to a critical condition.
Neglected–Time spent with Jesus one on one in worship, Word study, prayer.
Neglected–Focus on Marriage.
THE BIG ONE—Neglected–Knowing and Embracing of God’s WORD and His TRUTH verses the enemies LIES.
2) Infection has settled deep into the roots and is going to cost something to fix.
It breaks my heart to see women who return over and over for prayer but never actually DO what they are counseled to DO. It breaks my heart to ask women over and over again–DO YOU KNOW WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT THIS?? only to see their sad eyes fill and their heads shake NO.
3) Some digging and drilling and pulling stuff out will likely be required.
Sometimes it takes going back to the past to get going towards the future. Some heartbreaks, heartaches and hidden hurts really must be pulled up and have light shown on them in order to break the stronghold that Satan has attached. The TRUTH really does set us FREE!
4) Medication and Antibiotic must be applied before complete healing can take place.
God’s Word is Medicine. God’s Word is LIGHT. God’s Word brings direction. God’s Word brings wisdom.
There is no shortcut that MAN can PLAN. God can do a quick work but going to people verses going to HIM is merely a band-aid approach. Like taking Aspirin for a toothache and expecting it to just disappear!! 🙂 (Who does that??) Sooner or later, the roots have to be cared for. God’s Word is medication and health for our hurting hearts and broken lives.
5) Later is better than Never and it is Worth the Cost.
Jesus is our Healer and he WANTS to set us free from the sickness and disease that attacks our homes; our marriages; our health; our self-worth; our dreams; our CALLINGS!
Some ROOT CANALS are filled with REVELATION!! Don’t you agree?
So–what has happened in YOUR DAY that could be turned into a Spiritual Truth? 🙂