This might be the strangest topic yet, but I had my wisdom teeth removed this morning, and I saw beauty in this experience. I’m not saying it was my favorite thing in the world or that I would want to do it again, but hear me out.
I believe that everything in our lives can be offered as an act of love to the Lord, including the seemingly negative aspects. Including wisdom teeth surgery. But sometimes we can’t see it on our own at first.
Although I knew tons of people have gone through wisdom teeth surgery, and I know that there are way worse things in the world, but I was pretty nervous about this surgery. I am very attached to having control over every aspect of my life, and so the fact that I would be under anesthesia for the first time and I would be having a surgery and stitches for the first time really made me nervous. I was definitely dreading today for quite a long time.
However, today I saw the experience as beautiful. I offered my suffering as a gift of love to Jesus and I allowed for His will to be done. I was actually grateful that I could have this little bit of suffering to offer up, because I had His peace in my heart. I was not afraid because I knew He was with me. I was even able to do a little evangelizing to the nurse in the recovery room! It is truly amazing what the Lord can do when we let go and let Him have His way.
But I never would have seen this beauty, had the Lord not worked through a dear friend and household sister who reached out to me last night. In the past semester, I learned a whole lot about what it means to be a sister in Christ from this particular friend, and last night was no exception. She knew how I was feeling about my surgery and so she gave me a call, and wanted to talk through it with me. Through talking it over with her, I went from feeling anxious to having a deep peace, and seeing that even this surgery is something that I could offer as an act of love to Jesus. And that is because she didn’t only walk through what I was afraid of with me, but took it a step farther and prayed with me about it. It was a simple thing for her to do – to call me up and pray with me – but it was an incredible gift of love. People had told me they were praying for me for the surgery, but it wasn’t until my friend took the time to pray with me that I truly felt the peace of the Lord.
A small act of love is one of the largest ways the Lord shows His love to us. When we say yes to this, He works through us to those around us to show them His incredible love for them. When we don’t have love to give, He does. Reach out to someone today and allow the Lord to change the world through you.