On Monday night my older daughter and I were reading God’s Little Princess Devotional Bible: Bible Storybook, the devotional book we’re currently reading together at bedtime. At the end of that night’s section, our assignment was to sing the chorus “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands,” but instead of using the phrase “the whole world” we were to substitute words for something about which we personally worry.
After we sang it through using one of my daughter’s fears, it was my turn. I told her that one of the things that I tend to worry about is them (our daughters) getting sick. I hate to see them suffer and always feel so helpless when they’re in pain. So, we sang the song through saying, “He’s got health and sickness in His hands.”
How quickly we are often tested on what we say (or sing!) The next morning my younger daughter woke up with a fever and a sore throat. This morning she was even more miserable and I prayed for wisdom about what to do for her.
A few days ago, she had shown me a large white lump on her gum above where she recently had a large filling put in a tooth. I didn’t pay too much attention to it since she said it didn’t really hurt. However, late last night when I saw that it was still there, I began wondering what it was and if it might be connected to her other problems. All of this combined has had me praying and singing that song from Monday night over and over to myself!
This morning I decided to at least call the dentist and see if they thought I should bring her in. They asked that I do so right away and found that the lump was an abcess on her gum. They pulled the tooth which was causing the problem – the one that was filled about six weeks ago. We don’t know for sure if that’s what was causing the fever and other discomfort; time will tell. My mind is a bit more at ease, however, now that the tooth problem has been handled.
This living out of what we know in our heads and sing with our kids is a constant growing in faith. I don’t know if we’re totally through with this episode yet, but I thank God that I made that call to the dentist.
While I’m thanking God for His blessings, let me mention this as well. As they were getting my daughter ready to leave after the procedure, I asked the dental assistant if she had the charges for this visit so that I could go ahead and pay. She said, “I’ll look at it and figure it out for you later. You’ve actually already paid for this tooth.” I was so thankful for that; even if we end up paying something later, I know it will be more reasonable. After all, may I not soon forget that God has everything – sickness, health, abscessed gums and dental bills – in His hands!
This post is linked to Thankful Thursday.
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