It was just what I had to do. I didn’t need to put it off any longer.
It was time to go to the dentist.
Only one filling was needed. That would be taken care of….today.
It’s not that I get overly worried about the whole thing, but having my throat or tongue numb and not being able to swallow in the usual way has, in the past, well, scared me.
The fear component of my visit didn’t quite set in until I was left alone to allow the numbing chemical in the injection to set in. Almost as soon as the anxiety began to lift its ugly head, I began to pray. Most of my praying was in the form of a song. Suddenly, I was silently singing these words in my mind:
Jesus, Name above all names;
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord……
This was followed by, "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so…"
These are both very good songs. You might think that they would be fresh on my mind because I had recently heard them at church or on the radio—perhaps on a favorite CD.
No. I can’t recall the last time I heard either one of them, yet, I believe God brought them to my mind to calm me at the moment I was in need.
As I became more relaxed, I looked out the window of the exam room. A dove flew to the ground and spent several minutes investigating the soil for dinner as I watched. Even then, I thought that God had sent the bird to me in order to draw my thoughts away from anxiousness.
The procedure went well, my tooth is fine, and I am thankful to God for the peace that He gave me today.
The Name above all names? It is Jesus, and He loves me. The Bible tells me so.