I recently went through a rather enjoyable experience (NOT)…I had to have my wisdom teeth extracted! I’ll be honest, I delayed having it done for several months because it freaked me out. I don’t enjoy pain!
I had them removed and I am now in recovery. I look like I’m in a chubby-bunny contest! Yet, I never go through an experience without trying to “extract” something valuable from it (pun intended).
Believe it or not, but I believe there are some great spiritual lessons we can learn from my painful process.
1) What would an X-ray of your life reveal?
I first went to my orthodontist because I wanted my teeth straightened. What he discovered after taking an x-ray is that one of my wisdom teeth was severely impacted. I never knew how bad it was until he showed me the x-ray.
The thought occurred to me, how many people think everything is okay because they never see the X-ray of their life? I can’t tell you how many people I interact with every weekend at church that seem like they are doing well. They put on a smile and say everything’s good, when deep down they might really have a problem. What many of us don’t realize is that God sees the X-ray of our life. He doesn’t just see what we give other people, but He sees the reality of an impacted sin. He sees the hidden sins and evil thoughts that you have that no one else can see. You can’t hide anything from God, so why do you try?
1 Samuel 16:7 tells us that even though men look at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart. He knows what you are carrying. Perhaps what we need is for God to show us the X-ray.
What does your life’s X-ray reveal? If you are not sure, pray Psalm 139:23-24 and God will show it to you.