I Gained Wisdom From My Wisdom Tooth

It’s really funny and amazing how God speaks to us differently and in many ways! To the point that even to my wisdom tooth, He is reminding me that He is at work. Tonight, I gained wisdom form my wisdom tooth.

My wisdom tooth is actually erupting towards the right direction, seems no problem but still, it hurts. It hurts to the point that I took 1 pain reliever and I used the Lido-Jel (Topical Anesthetic Gel) And sometimes it is the same with our Christian life…

Have you ever asked God this question: “Lord, why am I experiencing this pain if I am obeying You? If I am walking in Your will? If I’m really walking towards the right direction as You said so?” 

It’s funny how serious I was with all the tears in my eyes *insert dramatic music*  while asking those question to Him and He answered me through the wisdom tooth. It’s not that He doesn’t take me seriously but He answered the way I would understand His plan. He speaks to us the way He knows it best because we can never think the way He thinks. ( See Isiah 55:8 )

Here’s the wisdom/ reflection from the awesome tooth: 

  1. PAIN – represents PROCESS. We can never experience the fullness of success without the process. Pain HELPS us to understand the value of the price and BUILD us UP to be prepared for what is about to come.
  2. WISDOM TOOTH – represents GOD’S PROMISES in our lives. It could be your desires, prayers, dreams or calling in life. The tooth doesn’t come out over-night. It is a long and painful process before we can really see it. It is growing.  And in order for us to see and experience it’s fullness we need:
  • Patience– We need patience as we wait for it to grow. Until we can experience its fullness without any hindrance. ( See Proverbs 10:22 )
  • EnduranceSome people chooses to under-go a surgery in order to lessen the pain but after that operation, the tooth will be removed from its place and no matter how bad you want to have it back, the dentist couldn’t perform any miracle for you. Sometimes,we (yes, I am included!) Christians, just want the promises of God and skip the process. Not knowingly that skipping the process could also means missing the blessing. 

(Some blessings are just offered for a specific season in our life but we’ll never know how God could work, He does things beyond how we think. Beyond what we can do. #Grace ) 

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. – Hebrews 10:36 NIV
3. RIGHT ERUPTION/ POSITION  – Sometimes crazy things like “Lord, if I am walking in Your will and I am doing the right thing, how come those people who are doing things that are not pleasing in Your eyes seems to succeed more? ” comes in my mind but God’s answer is simple…
“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” – 1 Peter 3:14
It has been a year or so when my wisdom tooth started to erupt. My sister is actually a Dentist which means I have an option for it to be removed but I didn’t. Why? because the fact that it is painful it means it is actually growing. WHEN THERE IS PAIN, THERE IS GROWTH. Why would I stop something that is RIGHT? Just like with our OBEDIENCE and TOTAL SURRENDER to GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY it could be painful and tiring at times but it is WORTHWHILE. If wisdom tooth completes the set of teeth, our OBEDIENCE and TOTAL SURRENDER in good or in bad times, completes our greatest calling- to give glory to God the most.
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Let Tomorrow Worry About Itself

 

It was three weeks ago when I went to Nora’s Resort at Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales together with my Cornerstone family. We are all excited to see the much awaited Anawangin Cove. However, we need to ride a boat from the resort to Anawangin Cove for about 15mins; it was my first time riding a boat. A bit scared at first, seeing the waves and how small our boat was, but the excitement inside me covers all the fear.

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Nora’s Beach Restort

Before we rode the boat, Abby, a 9 years old girl, was walking before me. Her brothers were teasing her saying, “Natatakot si Abby!” (Abby is scared!) She disagreed with them. We rode the same boat and sat behind me. When the engine of our boat started, someone was patting my shoulder. I look back and saw her looking at me. Imagine her puppy eyes! I asked her why, she said, “Teacher, can you hold my hand? I’m afraid.” I smiled at her and hold her hand so tight to make her feel comfortable.

 

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Anawangin Cove, Zambales
Photo Credits : Wildone Christian Ibanez

 

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Few minutes passed and still, I’m holding her hand. I decided to pray. A prayer without structure. Just talking to God casually. I began to realized that I have 3 days left before my enrollment. And guess what? I still don’t have enough money for the payment! I asked God “Lord, what should I do? Please help me.” Then suddenly I realized a lot of things about Abby’s situation earlier.

  1. I’m not really asking God’s help.

At first, Abby was in denial that she’s afraid and need someone to give her comfort in a very uncomfortable situation. I realized that throughout the week, I kept on thinking on how could I provide rather than asking God’s provision.

      2. I should have depended on Him.

If only I depended on Him with 101%, I won’t feel that way-fear of needing to stop from going to school, like before. I forgot that He is not only a God by title but He is a living God! He is my Father, He loves me and He will provide all my needs. Just like when Abby asked for my presence to comfort her, I began to ask God’s presence to comfort me and to take-over my life. No need to worry because He got me. Because He is my Father. In His presence there is provision, protection, and peace.

When we went back to the resort, I began to share this story with ate Cathy. And God reminded me through her with this scripture:

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:34 NIV

We should not worry about tomorrow, each day has enough trouble of its own. But good news, each day has enough grace of its own! Let tomorrow worry about itself! Thank You Jesus, finally enrolled by God’s grace!