Last month, after my son’s usual orthodontic appointment, the Orthodontist advised that he needed to have all his 4 wisdom teeth extracted as they were just crowding the rest of his teeth as they came out. They were not impacted.
We were disappointed as this could have been done at that time, while he was on vacation. It would make it tougher as he went back to school at that time. My son never wanted to miss any classes as much as possible. And being interested in tennis, he got concerned that he would not be able to play if the procedure was done during the weekdays.
It took another 2 weeks from our insurance to reply to his dentist’s referral to another oral surgeon. But from my past experiences, I had learned not to worry and knew it had to happen in God’s perfect time. The letter came one day. The request was DENIED!!! That meant, my hubby and I would have to pay from our own pocket. You know now what the title is all about as you read this. And the procedure wouldn’t be cheap! It might amount to $4,000 something, depending on what would be done. [So much so for having insurance…].
Then, our dental office referred us to another oral surgeon who was maybe 15 minutes away. But knowing in the afternoon, the traffic gets awfully bad, we would have to risk going there. So, I called two days ago to set up an appointment for anything late in the afternoon. Nothing! Everything was early in the morning. I didn’t set up an appointment. I told the receptionist that I wanted to involve my son with the decision, yes, even with setting up an appointment. I respect his request to avoid pulling him out of school if it could be prevented.
Somewhere along this, when his braces were done, my hubby remembered [I should say God made him remember?] that…that particular office [my son's orthodontist place which was 5 minutes away] offered a dental plan. So, off he went [to my son’s orthodontist office and the dental office was right there, too]. Yes!!! God approved that plan. We just need to pay $80 [covers the whole year] and for the procedure? Check this out! $17 and a few cents! For the 4 teeth that needed to be extracted. God is sooooooooo good! And why did I blog about it? Because I want to thank Him and share this experience with you [though it might bore you]….And another lesson learned how important it truly is…to wait for His perfect timing. Patience…counts. And He does really love to give good gifts!!!
And since God brought you here to let you know that He can turn “gold teeth” into “iron” [as nothing is impossible with Him], would you please pray for my son who is having this procedure this Friday, the 12th. What’s another awesome thing about it? He doesn’t have school this Friday. It is a holiday. Then, he has 2 days [weekends] to rest. So, hopefully, he can still train by Monday with the rest of his tennis team. To God be the glory! Even if He doesn’t answer our petitions, just remain trusting in Him…Thank You Lord! For everything that You give us. Thank You Lord for making it known that You are here, actively working in our lives. You are here to help us out in times of need. May I never forget to praise You and thank You for the rest of my life. May I thank you even more during times of victories, when I'm on top of the mountains, when I'm filled with so many blessings. Knowing that it's not what I did. But because of what You did. Thank You for Who You are. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Thank You Lord!
The Attacker (5/15/09)
The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies.
Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.
Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.
All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.
When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.
The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.
When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.
[Source: Life Application Bible]:
We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.
“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14
Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].
Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.
Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.
Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].