Pearly Whites to Pearls of Wisdom


I got to go to everyone’s favorite place the other day – the Dentist!…Ok, not so much my favorite. But, I have to say, I came out of there with more than just some pearly whites – I came out with a pearl of wisdom!

Let me share: So the dental hygienist got me seated in “the chair” and put me at a really crazy angle. I mean she had me at such an slope I thought I should be buckled in – my feet were practically hitting the ceiling! (ok, maybe not quite, but still…)

She asked “Is this ok?”

As you know from my previous post (you did read my previous post, right??) the smart aleck in me usually stays buried, so though my mouth didn’t move, my head responded, “Well yes, if your goal is for my head to slide right into your lap over the next few minutes, then yes, this ought to work just fine.”

As I looked up and studied my shoes way above my head through my cool sunglasses, (ok, they’re not cool, but the way I cope with having to wear them is by tricking myself) I realized: I do not like going to the dentist.

Especially since, at the end of her play time in my mouth, where she was scraping and poking and wounding me, she informed me “you know, I could have used a topical to numb you up…” Yeah, that would have been some good information to have ahead of time.

Anyway, as she proceeded to give me a spa like facial (her water pic madly spraying a light mist all over my face) because of the crazy slant I was reclined at, I was able to see the room around me from a new perspective…and it reminded me of this verse in Jeremiah 8:9 “The wise” (who think they’re wise, but aren’t) “will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of the LORD, what kind of wisdom do they have?”

Just like my chair permitted me to see the room from a new perspective, so having God’s word layered on my heart gives me a fresh perspective of what He asks of me. Anything apart from Him is foolishness and folly.

It made me hunger to cling ever closer to Him, trusting Him with whatever He chooses to allow in my life ~ because He loves me and has a plan for my life.

Have you ever found yourself in need of a fresh perspective to better see Gods’ plans for you? What are some pearls of wisdom you’ve discovered as a follower of Jesus that might help others in their pursuit of Christlikeness?

Let’s talk…you know- between friends.