by Penny Zeller
I recently broke a good-sized piece off a back molar and found myself in the dentist chair.
Because I’m allergic to anesthetic, dental work and I aren’t the closest of friends. Fortunately, I don’t have to visit the dentist too often.
The next day after much prayer, I agreed to allow the dentist to fix the broken tooth, part of which had lodged itself in a different place.
I was grateful when the dentist informed me it would just take a filling. However, the fix (sans anesthetic) was no easy one. “Sorry, but this is going to hurt,” she warned me several times throughout the procedure. She was right - and I have a somewhat high pain tolerance when it comes to dental work.
While the replacing of the broken piece of tooth and a large filling is not considered a major medical situation by any stretch of the imagination, it was excruciating. I folded my hands and continued to pray, having faith that God would bring me through this.
It wasn’t long before my mind wandered to a book in the Old Testament.
I love the story in Numbers 13 about the exploration of Canaan. The Lord tells Moses He is giving Canaan to the Israelite people. Twelve men, all of them leaders of the Israelites, were chosen to explore the land and bring back a report. When the leaders returned, they gave a mixed account. Nearly all of them insisted that, while the land did “flow with milk and honey”, there was also a downside. “The people who live there are powerful…we can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are...we seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
I can just hear the murmurs of the frightened Israelite people as this report passed from person to person. Powerful fortified cities? Large scary people who were so big they made normal people look and feel as tiny as grasshoppers? I wondered if the Israelites covered their mouths in shock and gasped in horror. Surely they failed to realize that there was Someone larger than the obstacle they saw before them. Surely there was Someone in control of the entire situation.
Where was their faith?
Caleb, on the other hand, had a completely opposite take on the matter: “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
Caleb had faith.
As I waited for the dentist to finish the tear-inducing procedure, a thought came over me: Am I going to be like Caleb (and Joshua) – brave men of God who knew they could forge ahead and take possession of a foreign land, so long as God helped them; or was I going to be like the rest of the Israelite leaders and cower in the corner, with a lack of faith? Was I going to be brave like Caleb and Joshua and know that God would help me through this, or was I going to give up because the going wasn’t easy?
I was in pain for nearly a week after my dentist appointment and I would be lying if I said I’m looking forward to visiting the dentist chair again.
But I learned something important that day. I learned that sometimes seemingly small trials can make a huge impact on our faith.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: What seemingly small trial impacted your faith?
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