By Nancy Virden (c)2023
The Doctor Said (My New Not-so-wanted Saga): Introduction Misdiagnosis Darkness Again?
I love my dentist and her team. The fact I can say that is somewhat of a miracle in itself.
It was 1985, and for four years I had ignored an abscessed tooth, eating on one side of my mouth. As it swelled and grew more painful, eventually I couldn’t close my mouth at all! Terror of dentists had overpowered my reasoning to such a degree I was suffering each day.
Finally and desperately going to the phone book, I asked God to help me find the right help. My finger landed seemingly randomly on a dentist’s name. Tears ran down my cheeks as the calm scheduler, also named Nancy, tried to reassure me she and the doctor would be gentle and kind.
Why this was such a big deal stemmed from an old dentist fourteen years earlier who had slapped me across the face because I dared to cry when he started to pull a tooth before the numbing took effect. I was a little girl, and he scared me off dentists I thought forever.
Nonetheless, my finger had not landed on just any name. God heard my prayer and led me to the professional who later won awards and starred on TV as an expert dental reconstructionist. Who knew? He and his team restored my faith in dental care.
Today I saw my current dentist as she tried to fix some of the damage done by either medication or disease. She is working hard against an invisible attacker that seems to want to ruin my smile and oral health. My financial health is taking a hit too as I spent today more than I make in a month. She assured me this disaster is not my fault.
A few months back, some atheists online were bragging about their intelligence and superior sense over believers in God. It made me wonder how they could settle for turning themselves into objects of worship. Not me. I want a God who is actually God- superior to me in every way, trustworthy, and honorable. What hope exists in a god that is equal to mere humans? The One True God has on several occasions instantly healed me and sometimes has also led me to great professionals. This is one of those latter times and I know I’m in good hands.
I love my dentist and her team.
Today’s Helpful Word
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair. NOTE: Nancy is not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speaks only from personal experience and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
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