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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Cavities and the Gospel

My dad taught me to love brushing my teeth.

My dad taught me to love brushing my teeth.

I have my first cavity.

(insert depression)

Is it weird that I had a life goal of never having a cavity?

Probably.

But I did.

“This is not a cavity that was caused by anything you did or didn’t do,” my dentist said. “Usually I have to tell people to brush their teeth more or stop drinking as many sodas, but that’s not the case for you. You did all the right things, but no matter how much brushing you did this [cavity] still would have appeared sooner or later because it’s how your tooth was made.”

The importance of dental hygiene was "drilled" into my sister and I from birth.

The importance of dental hygiene was “drilled” into my sister and I from birth.

No matter how hard I tried to prevent this from happening (and I definitely tried; I brush my teeth at least three times a day, don’t drink sodas and try not to eat much sugar), it still happened because my tooth was made with a pit in the side of it that became a little baby cavity. Like the dentist said, it was inevitable

So it is with sin.

We can try to be perfect our whole lives and do all the right things, but sooner or later our real condition (sin) is going to show itself. Why? Because that’s how we were made.

“For I was born a sinner–yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.”
-Psalm 51:5 (NLT)

Sin is our nature. We were born with it. And no matter how hard we try to deny it, fight it, cover it, brush it off, scrub it down and make it white, it’s there. Black and ugly, corrupting and destroying our lives.

But there is hope.

Just as my dentist is going to drill out my cavity, there is a sinless Savior who can remove our old nature and give us a new one. When we repent and believe in Him, yielding our lives to His sovereign and glorious will, He replaces our old, stony, corrupt-from-birth heart with a new fleshy one that desires and embraces Jesus and all He is for us through the cross.

Unlike my tooth that’s only on its way to death, as sinners we were already dead (in our trespasses and sins, Eph. 2:1)  and in desperate need for a way to bridge the gap our sin created between us and the holy Father.

Jesus did that.

He died our death.
Paid our debt.
Took our sin.
Gave us His righteousness.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” -Ephesians 2:4-7 (ESV)

I wonder if Jesus planned on cavities showing us our need for Him? Of course He did.

How does a cavity show us our need for the Gospel?

I mean, come on people, we can’t even keep our teeth healthy on our own. What’s that say about our lives? We need Him desperately. 

“And to the one who does not work but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness.” -Romans 4:5

2 comments on “Cavities and the Gospel

  1. Hayden P says:

    : ) love this. and Love you. Hallelujah for Jesus and Dentists. In that order.

    1. Amen! Love you and praying for you and your chocolate babies… I want to visit you!!

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