Years ago I had a cavity that needed to be taking care of. I had the option between the silver filling and the white porcelain filling. It choose the silver one, it was cheaper, I figured since it’s in the back of my mouth why pay extra for something no one can see anyway.
Everything was going well until all of sudden the tooth were the filling was began to hurt, I tried to ignore the pain but it just got worse. I had never experience a toothache before. I quickly booked an appointment to see the dentist, the exam showed that the silver filling had cracked and the procedure needed to be done again before things got worse and lead to a root canal.
I was in so much pain, I booked an appointment to do the procedure the next day, I also asked him to take care of any filling that seem to be cracking. I wanted to take care of this before it got worse. When the option between silver and white filling came up again, I took the white filling. Everything went well, after $1,500.00 and days of pain from the procedure my pain was gone and I was back to normal. A week later I went back for a follow up, the doctor said everything looked good.
During my follow up, the doctor suggested I purchased a custom-made night guard that will cost me $199.00. I was reluctant since I had just spent so much money and I was no longer in pain.
My reluctance must have being obvious because the doctor proceeded to explained that my filling were made of porcelain so even though they looked like my normal teeth they weren't. He continued by saying that although the filling was strong and could take a lot, they were not my original teeth and constant grinding on the teeth will wear them down overtime and I will need to do the same thing again. He shared that most people don't realized they grind their teeth at night or sometimes during strength exercises. He suggested that I look at my porcelain filling as an investment I made and spend the $199.00 now to protect my $1,500.00 investment. He added that $199.00 would be better than $1,500.00 or more in the future if the filling cracks again.
After listening to the dentist share the reasons why I should invest in a night guard, I went ahead and did the fitting to get one made.
Once I received my night guard I eagerly put on the first few nights, but as the days progress it wasn't very comfortable as it adjusted to my mouth. There were a couple of nights I was already comfortable in my bed and I remembered it. I tried to make excuses like; one night won't hurt it, however the truth was, I didn't want to get up. The night guard wasn't comfortable so I was not eager to get out of my comfortable bed to put it on. But every time I considered staying in bed I could hear the doctor saying, "remember they are not your real teeth, they are made of porcelain. If you don't protect them they will cause you pain and money again" so I would get up of my bed every night and put it on.
One evening while laying in bed after putting my night guard God placed 2 Corinthians 12:9-22 on my heart; "But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
This whole dental experience reminded me that making the decision to make Jesus Lord of my life as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says; "The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" doesn’t exempt me from returning to my old ways life. I still have the potential to return to the pain I was once cleansed from.
Without God protection this world will wear me down, it will cause me to experience the pain I so eagerly did whatever it took to get out of my life.
Remembering that I am weak is the first step to seeing my need for God. It also allows me to deny myself as Luke 9:23 says; "Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me."
Jesus is my protection from deterioration. He is my day and night guard. I do not have to fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday (see Psalm 91), because Jesus is protection.
God gave Jesus the power to guard my life and rescue me (Psalm 20:25), to not let me be put to shame and set a guard over my mouth, to keep watch over the door of my lips (see Psalm 141:3), to commands his angels to guard me carefully (see Luke 4:10).
Making Jesus Lord of my life is a choice, is a choice I make daily in order to remain in his protection (see John 15:24). Even when it’s inconvenient if I chose God he will protect me.
Psalm 91:14 says; “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name."
My night guard experience taught me that it’s not the strength of God I need to remember, but the pain I felt before I made Jesus Lord.
Romans 6:20-21 says; "When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!"
I was in pain and Christ saved me as Romans 6:22 says; "But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life."
My Bible is the best investment I have made; it has cost me less than $199.00 but it led me to Him who guards not just parts of my body but my entire life. That is why I practice Luke 9:23-24; "Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it."
Having Jesus as my Lord and Savior, having him as my guard and a protector is a choice, a choice I make daily. I love making that choice because I know that it will save my life in the long run.